Frank Fetta, popular conductor of the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, has been selected by organizers of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade to be grand marshal of the 43rd annual Boat Parade, set to take place Saturday, December 10th, from 6 to 8 pm. The parade send-off will be bursts of brilliant Zambelli fireworks over the Marina’s main channel, at 5:55 p.m. heralding the start of the parade. Accompanying Maestro Fetta on the grand marshal vessel will be the Belle Air Brass, a well-known female brass ensemble, playing songs of the holiday season.
In announcing this year’s choice for Grand Marshal, Cindy Williams, Boat Parade president, said, “Frank has brought such enjoyment to the Marina community during his summer concerts that it was an obvious choice to have him as our grand marshal for this year’s Marina Holiday Boat Parade.”
Maestro Fetta has become a familiar and beloved personality in L.A.’s Westside community through his appearances as conductor of the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony and the Culver City Symphony. Additionally, he is permanent conductor of the Torrance Symphony and the Redlands Bowl Music Festival; principal conductor of the Nevada Opera Theatre; and he annually conducts the prestigious Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition. He is much in demand as a guest conductor and in this capacity has led such orchestras as those of San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, Pasadena, San Bernardino and Honolulu, as well as the Debut Orchestra of the Young Musicians Foundation and the United Chinese Musicians Orchestra.
Maestro Fetta is married to artist/inventor Susan Henninger, and they are the parents of a son, Raphael, an actor who lives in New York.