Faculty Profile

Pete Nowlen
Horn
Director of the Concert Band

Music director Pete Nowlen has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1988 and the California State University, Sacramento, faculty since 1990. 

He was a member of the French horn section of the Sacramento Symphony from 1987 until its bankruptcy in 1996. He is an active orchestral and chamber musician and an international solo prize winner.He performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras; Symphony Silicon Valley; the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, and Chamber Music Society; and Music Circus and plays as principal hornist of the Music in the Mountains Festival and Arizona Musicfest. For several years, he performed regularly as principal hornist of the International Orchestra of Italy, performing and recording in Italy’s finest theaters. In 1992 he was third-prize winner of the International Competition for Solo Horn of the Castle of Duino, Italy, and in 1994 he was a semifinalist in the prestigious American Horn Competition. Solo appearances have included both American and Italian orchestras.

Opera and ballet and theater conducting credits include La Boheme, Hansel und Gretel, Billy the Kid, L’Histoire du Soldat, Facade, Little Shop of Horrors, Falsettos and Company. Orchestral conducting credits include the Sacramento Symphony, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, CSUS Symphony Orchestra, and the Music in the Mountains Orchestra. Nowlen has been band director at UC Davis since 2002 and director of the fall quarter Wind Ensemble since 1993.

Teaching Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00–6:00 pm

Overview

UC Davis Concert Band Program
Pete Nowlen, director

UC Davis Concert Band Program

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The UC Davis Concert Band Program has existed on the campus for more than 50 years, performing in commencements, ceremonies, and its own concerts.

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