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The NWS Swingtones Big Band performs first at 6PM followed by the Nebraska Wind Symphony about 7PM. The NWS Swingtones are led by Brian Lund, trombone. The Nebraska Wind Symphony is under the direction of Music Director Dr. Joshua Kearney and Associate Director Keith Davis.

The NWS Swingtones presents music from the days of the big bands like Glenn Miller, Tommie Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman The concert will feature the music of George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Joe Garland, Henry Mancini and many others.

The repertoire for the Wind Symphony for this concert include Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed; Breath of the Mountains by Cait Nishimura; Montmartre March from “Paris Suite” by Hayden Wood; Dances in the Canebrakes by Florence Price; Armed Services Medley arr. Martin; and America the Beautiful by Carmen Dragon. We will also feature Dayton Linhardt, NWS 2023 Scholarship winner and Clarinet soloist on Hillandale Waltzes by Victor Babin.

The NWS Swingtones Big Band performs first at 6PM followed by the Nebraska Wind Symphony about 7PM. The NWS Swingtones are led by Dan Kingkade, saxophone. The Nebraska Wind Symphony is under the direction of Guest Conductor and former Music Director Dr. Timothy Yontz and Associate Director Keith Davis.

The NWS Swingtones presents music from the big bands like Glenn Miller, Tommie Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Les Brown. The concert will feature the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Joe Garland, Woody Herman and many others.

The repertoire for the Wind Symphony for this concert include Montmartre March from “Paris Suite” by Hayden Wood; Dances in the Canebrakes by Florence Price; Armed Services Medley arr. Martin; America the Beautiful by Carmen Dragon; Let Freedom Ring by Ryan Nowlin; Raider’s March by John Williams; National Emblem March by Edwin Bagley; Chester Overture by William Schumann; Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.


The 2024 NWS Memorial Scholarship Competition  accepted applications through March 31, 2024.
Scholarships of $1,000 and $500 have been awarded to Ben Folkers, trombone and Elizabeth Ford, trumpet. NWS will send funds directly to these students UNO student accounts. See our scholarship recipients page to find out more about these talented musicians.

Your financial support can help us continue to provide financial resources to young people who participate in post college/university music programs. See our Donation page for more details on how you can give to NWS.


NWS Hosts ACB Regional Connection
April 26-27, 2024 – UNO Strauss PAC


The Association of Concert Bands (ACB) Regional Connection Event provides an opportunity for adult instrumentalists in community bands in the midwest area to gather, share ideas and some great concert band music.
Evening and afternoon concerts are free and open to the public as part of this gathering of concert bands at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center, 60th and Dodge.

The Nebraska Wind Symphony presents “A Grand Finale” as the final concert at the Association of Concert Bands Omaha Regional Connection. The concert will take place on Saturday, April 27th, at 7:30 PM in the Jan & John Christensen Concert Hall at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Janet A. & Willis S. Strauss Performing Arts Center. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Josh Kearney, Keith Davis, and guest conductor Don Jacobsen.

The repertoire for “A Grand Finale” includes a captivating selection of pieces that showcase the ensemble’s musical versatility. This concert promises an evening of musical excellence and a celebration of the vibrant tradition of wind band music. Repertoire to be selected from: Crown Imperial by William Walton; Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger, conducted by Don Jacobson; Breath of the Mountains by Cait Nishimura, conducted by Associate Music Director Keith Davis; Where It Rains Like Diamonds by Henry Smith; Suite from Mass by Leonard Bernstein, featuring the Offutt Brass; and Urban Light by James David.

Get the flyer for this event.
See the printed program.

We thank Dietze Music for sponsoring this event.

Read more about this event and the ACB at the ACB Regional Event page.


NWS Concerts Are Free This Season!

There is no admission charged for any of this season’s NWS concerts.
We rely on the generous donations of businesses and our friends throughout the Omaha area.
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Giving Tuesday
Metro Area Opportunities to Support Great Causes

SHARE Omaha’s Mission is to help nonprofits achieve their missions by inspiring support and serving. Their goal is to change the giving culture of the metro area.

The next metro area Giving Tuesday is April 23, 2024. This is part of Do Good Days in Omaha.
Join in with many other residents of the Greater Omaha area in supporting many deserving nonprofits, including the Nebraska Wind Symphony! To support NWS see our SHARE Omaha page

NWS participated in SHARE Omaha’s 2023 Giving Tuesday, 24 hours of giving, on November 28, 2023. Through the generous gifts of playing members and friends throughout Omaha we exceeded our $3,000 goal and raised $4,150!
Thank you for your generous support of the Nebraska Wind Symphony, Omaha’s Community Concert Band.


2023-24 Our 47th Concert Season

Concert Series Schedule
Fall Concert  – Sunday, October 15, 2023 – 3PM – Bennington High School
Holiday Concert – Sunday, December 10, 2023 – 3PM – UNO Strauss PAC 
Winter Concert – Sunday, February 18, 2024 – 3PM –  UNO Strauss PAC
Spring Concert – Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 7:30PM – UNO Strauss PAC 
Summer Concert Schedule – Both Summer Concerts will feature the Swingtones and the NWS
Summer Concert – Sunday, June 9, 2024 – 6:00PM – St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center
July 4th Concert – Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 – 6:00PM – Ralston Granary Green
For more information see our Season 47 page.



Thanks to the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for supporting our Winter Middle School All-Star concert during our 2022-2023 concert season. 



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