Larry MacTaggart, NWS Music Director
Larry MacTaggart is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (BME- 1981) and the University of Nebraska (MM – 1983). He was director of instrumental music in the Fairbury (Nebraska) public school system from 1983 to 1985.
Larry enlisted in the Air Force in September 1985 and served with The United States Air Force Strategic Air Command Band, (later, the Heartland of America Band) Offutt AFB, NE. He was reassigned to The United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C., in 1997 serving as a staff music arranger. In 2000, he was named Chief Music Arranger and Production Manager, a position he held until 2007 when he transferred to the Pentagon to assume duties as the senior Human Resources program manager for all Air Force Bands. In this position, he served as principal advisor to the Air Force Director of Public Affairs on personnel, recruiting, deployment, training, and quality of life issues for all Air Force bands. In 2009, MacTaggart transferred to the Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii where he served as Regional Human Resources Manager for the Air Force Band of the Pacific. MacTaggart retired from the Air Force in October of 2012.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, MacTaggart accepted a position in Human Resources in Omaha. MacTaggart has composed and arranged several sections for band with many published by JW Pepper.
Larry is married to the former Jill Divis of Brainard, NE; they have one daughter, Mallory.
Larry is taking a sabbatical during the 2019-2020 concert season to focus on composing and arranging music for various groups.
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Visiting Music Direct, Dr. Josh Kearney
Dr. Kearney is the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
He will be directing NWS during the 2019-2020 concert season.
Keith Davis, NWS Associate Director
Keith is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and has made Omaha his home since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition (1988) and Master of Music in Horn Performance (1990) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Keith has composed music for many instrumental ensembles, but has written mainly for symphonic and concert bands. His commissioned works include “A Western Plains Overture,” “Native Hunters, “Delicate Survivors of Life’s Mighty Storms” and “Bastion of Freedom.” He has also made special arrangement for the Wind Symphony, most notably a transcription of Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and several holiday selections for our guest vocalists.
Keith has been a playing member of the Nebraska Wind Symphony since 1992 and also serves a Music Librarian. He is also a playing member with Orchestra Omaha and the Omaha Symphonic Winds.|
Keith lives in Gretna with his wife, oboist Deanna Davis, and their cat and two dogs.
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Concert Production Manager, Alexandra Wewel
Alex is a 2019 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in Music Entrepreneurship. She is also the current Programs and Production Manager of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra.
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