Contact: David Alltop  President@WindsofFaith.com

ABOUT WINDS OF FAITH: In 2008, the original band began at William Jessup University to provide large ensemble opportunities for its instrumental music students. The community band was dissolved at WJU in 2015, but the members enthusiastically voted to continue as a separate organization to become Winds of Faith!

The Winds of Faith concert band, under the direction of Ray Bernd, is pleased to announce its 2022-23 concert season. The 35-member band presents concerts that are faith-based, fun, and free! Repertoire ranges from classics to “pops” with emphasis on the inspirational and patriotic. Concerts scheduled to date are listed below.

Note to musicians: If you’re interested in performing with Winds of Faith, please contact our co-director, Ray Bernd at Director@WindsofFaith.com.

Winds of Faith, a Community Concert Band, is a (501)c3 non-profit organization and a member of the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Assn.

Rehearsal – Tuesdays
Jan. 10 to May 30 (*)
Olympus Junior High School

2625 La Croix Dr.
Roseville, CA 95661
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (*)
see calendar on right for occasional alternative rehearsal locations.

Carmichael Band Festival
Saturday, June 3, 2023, 11:00 am
5750 Grant Ave.,
Carmichael, CA 95608


All musicians are invited! This is a great opportunity to continue to play their instruments and develop sight-reading skills throughout the summer months. Attendees will need to bring a music stand. No cost to participate but there will be a free-will-offering to offset the rental cost.

Location: Valley Springs Presbyterian Church,
2401 Olympus Dr,
Roseville, CA 95661
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday, July 11
Tuesday, July 25
Tuesday, August 8


Ray Bernd

Ray was born and raised in the Camino/Placerville area in the California foothills. Active in both Music and FFA throughout High School. He attended CSU Chico and majored in Music Education and Saxophone performance. While in college, he thought it was important to have some knowledge in the various different music ensembles. So, he participated in A Capella Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Opera Workshop, various Musical ‘pit’ Orchestras, Brass Choir, Marching Band and of course, the Symphonic and Concert Bands. Ray also performed 3 solo recitals on Saxophone, and was the first to perform solo works on Soprano Saxophone at the University. The opportunity came up during his time in college to direct the Marching Band/Pep Band (4 years), the Concert Band (1 year) and the 3rd Jazz Band (1 year). He was also the Jazz Ensemble and the Symphonic Band librarian for many years. This would all prove to be invaluable knowledge to use once he graduated college.

He has taught in various levels of public school – elementary classroom music through High School. Los Molinas schools, Lower Lake High School and Gilroy High School were his first three positions. In 1991, he started a 16.
Aside from his time in public education, Ray was active in several community Bands. While in Campbell, he was a member of the Cupertino Symphonic Band, both as a player and assistant director. More recently, he has played with the Auburn Winds, Yolo County Band and Winds Of Faith. For many years, his Saxophone Quartet, the ‘Central Coast Sax Quartet’, was a regular performer at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. He has continued to run and organize the San Jose Saxophone Christmas (27 years) and the Sacramento Saxophone Christmas (7 years). With all the ensembles he has been involved with, it has furthered his opportunity to write and arrange music, primarily for the Saxophone Ensembles. year run at Monroe Middle School in Campbell, CA. During that time, his Jazz Band, String Orchestras and Concert Bands performed often at local events and at Music festivals. His last position was in Woodland teaching Elementary Band.

When not involved in Music, Ray can be found following his other interests – Gardening, Cooking, and collecting DVDs.

Winds of Faith Directors

2008-19 – Van Crane
2020-21 – Bill Adam
2021-22 – Heidi (Barthel) Fante
2021-Present – Ray Bernd

David Alltop, President
Greg Kevin, Vice President
Ray Bernd, Director
Carolyn Mendoza, Treasury
Susan Tucci, Secretary
Alice Haynes, Librarian
Judy Carroll, Member
Heidi Fante, Member
Gertrude Dubanski, Member