Directors

Travis Nasatir, Music Director

Travis Nasatir, Music DirectorTravis Nasatir has been playing music for 20 years on his primary instrument, trumpet. Over that time he has played for more than 50 musical theatre productions and in dozens of ensembles across all genres of music. In addition to performance, Mr. Nasatir has worked as a youth educator in both trumpet and at Temple Shir Ami where he taught Hebrew to the B’nai Mitzvah and confirmation classes.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, Mr. Nasatir was employed as a trumpet coach at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont. Inspired by his students, he composed “Rejouissance,” a new work written specifically for the school’s wind ensemble. That work debuted in 2014 and it (along with the performances) received repeated commendations from music professors and program directors of large universities. Encouraged by the positive response, Mr. Nasatir has recently submitted “Rejouissance” for formal publication

Just as his students rose to the occasion for him, Mr. Nasatir is compelled to do the same for them. This was a key motivator to become a founding member of the Mission Peak Wind Symphony. Specifically, he aims to deliver a venue for dedicated and talented young individuals to hone their skills further using advanced concert literature and provide a nurturing environment for the appreciation of music and the arts in general.

Debra Watanuki, Program Director

Debra Watanuki, Program DirectorDebra Watanuki is an avid supporter of music education and an advocate for volunteering to improve our community. She was a college instructor until changing her career path to law, ultimately establishing her legal practice in estate planning, business, and nonprofits. She served as past president and board member of the Fremont Education Foundation to support music, athletics, and innovative teachers in Fremont public schools. As an associate board member, she continues to work to improve the elementary After School Band program. She currently serves as the Chair of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Fremont.

As a teenager, Ms. Watanuki played violin (not very well, but enthusiastically) in her school and community youth orchestras. She believes that her music education taught her invaluable life skills: discipline, group collaboration, time management, struggling with less than perfect colleagues, resources, and supervisors, and being part of something of which you can be proud.

In both her career and community work, she applies what she learned through music—every day in every way. She is thrilled to join Mr. Nasatir in presenting young people the opportunity to fuel their passion for music, develop their abilities, and discover their capabilities are boundless.