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Dr. Patricia Wheeler

Patricia WhelelerDr. Patricia Wheeler, Secretary and Festival Co-Coordinator

Pat Wheeler has over 40 years experience in education, much of it as a researcher and evaluator.  She has been a consultant to many education, arts, recreation, social services, and health agencies throughout the country.  She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Rochester, an MBA in Management from Armstrong College, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.  She studied soprano saxophone with Guido Fazio.

Pat has been active in music since fifth grade.  She currently plays flute, piccolo
, and soprano saxophone, and is an active member of the Altamont Winds, the Danville Community Band, the Ohlone Community Band, the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, the San Ramon Symphonic Band, and the Tracy Community Band.  She has soloed with the Pleasanton Community Concert Band on soprano saxophone.  She is currently the Personnel Manager of the Pleasanton Band and formerly was its President.

Patricia Wheeler and GranddaughtersPat served for four years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Windjammers Unlimited, an international organization dedicated to preserving circus music, and was in charge of its 2008 Summer Meet in Sacramento.  Pat is also a member of the Association of Concert Bands (ACB), the National Flute Association (NFA), the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (STJS), and the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association (SVSBA).  She is the Regional Membership Coordinator for California and Oregon for ACB.  As part of special band cruises and tours, Pat has played in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway, Russia, and the Vatican City.

In her spare time, Pat enjoys her grandchildren, travels, and visits medical, retirement, social service, and educational facilities with her two therapy dogs, both of which enjoy people, music, and parades.  She coordinates the therapy dog program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Livermore for the Valley Humane Society, overseeing more than 20 dogs and their handlers.  Pat resides in Livermore.

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