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Our Next Concert – Sunday, April 5, 2020 – has been cancelled!
Our Spring concert performance has been cancelled as we assist with local efforts for social-distancing in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The Nebraska Wind Symphony is doing our part to help with the safety of our playing members, their families and friends, and our audience members through this time of uncertainty.  All of our rehearsals through April 6 are being cancelled as well.  At that time we will make decisions for any further changes to our rehearsal and concert schedule.
We are looking at options to include the music planned for this concert (“¡Song and Dance!”) in our 2020-2021 concert season or for our upcoming summer concerts.
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Omaha Gives is coming – May 20th

Thank you for supporting NWS during Omaha Gives on May 20, 2020.
We count on the funds provided through generous donors to cover the cost of our rehearsal space and part-time staff.
In 2019, 36 donors gave a total of $2,725!  This year we are hoping we can receive over $3,000.
Thank you for helping us continue to make music joyfully in the greater Omaha area.


US Marine Band’s March Mania Returns

This annual competition provides march fans around the globe a chance to rally behind their favorite marches in a series of match-ups leading into the championship! Two marches compete head-to-head daily while voters determine which one advances to the next round. Which marches make it to Sousa’s Sixteen, Enlisted Eight, and Fidelis Four to the final round? Check it out and you can help decide.

We welcome  Dr Joshua Kearney as our new  Music Director!    Josh is Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He brings a lot of enthusiasm and a love for all different kinds of music for concert band.  Please join us in welcoming Josh!
Our former Music Director, Larry MacTaggart has decided to not return in our upcoming 2020-2021 season so he can commit more time to writing music and other interests.  We thank Larry for his service to the Nebraska Wind Symphony for 5 years and wish him well.  We are looking forward to playing more of Larry’s original music for concert band.


We Couldn’t Do This Without Your Support!

NWS relies on financial support from its playing members, concert patrons, and businesses and individuals from around the Omaha metropolitan area.  These gifts help us to pay for rehearsal and concert space, music director and other staff salaries, new music purchase and rental, performance rights, insurance, replacement equipment, and so many other things.
Consider providing your financial support of NWS through one or more of these methods:
Direct Financial Donation
Concert Series Sponsorship
Program Advertisement Purchase
Omaha Gives
Donation Programs like  AmazonSmileGiving AssistantTAGG (Together a Greater Good)

Thank you for your past and future support!


43rd Concert Season – 2019-2020

Sunday, October 20, 2019 – Fall Concert
“NWS Spooktacular” – 3PM
with Dr. Jared Staub, Guest Conductor
Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE
We invite you to join Visiting Music Director Dr. Joshua Kearney and Associate Music Director Keith Davis for the Wind Symphony’s frightfully fun NWS  Spooktacular. Audience members will cackle with sheer delight upon being treated to the gleefully eerie sounds of the Halloween season. In addition to works by many of the country’s best composers for concert band, the NWS will present the world premiere of  Associate Music Director Keith Davis’s newest transcription for band, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Cossack Dance from the opera Mazeppa. Joining the Nebraska Wind Symphony as a featured guest conductor will be Dr. Jared Staub, Director of Bands at Grand Rapids Community College.
This family-friendly event promises to be delightfully otherworldly!
Tickets: $10-Adults; $5-Seniors/Students; Free-Children under 12
Purchase advanced tickets online or at the door the day of the concert.  On site Box Office opens about 45 minutes before the concert.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Holiday Concert
“HOmaha for the Holidays” – 3PM
featuring Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, Organ and an audience sing-a-long
The Jan and John Christensen Concert Hall
UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 60th and Dodge, Omaha, NE
This concert is sponsored in part by Ortho Nebraska.

Tickets: $10-Adults; $5-Seniors/Students;
Free-Children under 12
Purchase advanced tickets online or at the door the day of the concert.  On site Box Office opens about 45 minutes before the concert.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Winter Concert
“In Two Places”- 3PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music,
7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE
Featuring NWS Middle School All-Star Saxophones, Dr. Patrick Brown, saxophone soloist, and Dr. Adam Fontana, guest conductor
This concert explores repertoire that includes many wonderful American classics as well as contemporary works for winds that challenge the listener to think differently about many aspects of our day-to-day lives.
Program to include: Star Spangled Banner (A Love Song to Our Country) arranged by Jack Stamp, Selections from the New England Triptych by Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Schuman, In Two Places by Haley Woodrow, Diversion for Alto Saxophone and Band by Bernhard Heiden, Saxophobia from “Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft” arranged by Gunther Schuller, the Governor’s Own March by Alton Adams, and Omar Thomas’ incredibly profound work Of Our New Day Begun – composed to honor the nine worshipers and victims of the senseless 2015 shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Middle School All-Stars will perform Harlem Nocturne and Yakety Sax.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Spring Concert – “¡Song and Dance!” – CANCELLED
This event has been cancelled as we assist with local efforts for social-distancing in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  We are looking at options to include the music planned for this concert in our 2020-2021 concert season or for our upcoming summer concerts.
Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor, Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Nebraska
at Omaha is our guest piano soloist.
This concert features music by composers of Latin and Spanish descent as well as music influenced by those regions. The performance will include music by Arturo
Márquez, Joaquín Turina, Victoriano Valencia, and Jaime Texidor as well
a work for piano and winds by Julie Giroux entitled Cordoba.

Free Summer 2020 Concerts
NOTE – dates, times, and locations are currently tentative.
Nebraska Wind Symphony and the NWS Swingtones
Sunday, June 28, 2020 – 6PM – St Robert Bellarmine, 11802 Pacific St, Omaha, NE
Friday, July 3, 2020 – 6PM – SumTur, 11691 S 108th St, Papillion, NE


See and listen to our salute to Women of the Military


Larry MacTaggart Receives NSBA Distinguished Service Award

The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA) awarded the Duane Johnson Distinguished Service Award to NWS Music Director, Larry MacTaggart in March 2019.  This award is given by the NSBA Executive Board to individuals who have helped make “Better Bands for Nebraska”.  The award is designated in honor and recognition of  Duane E. Johnson and the many invaluable contributions he made to bands of Nebraska.
Other 2019 recipients of this award were Tom Jaworski (Retired, Adams Central Public Schools) and Joanie Mathis (Omaha Symphony).
Congratulations Larry!


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NWS Memorial Scholarship News

2020 NWS Concerto/Scholarship Competition  award amount is $1,000.
2020 application period begins in January 2020.
Congratulations to Nestor Pelayo, euphonium, for being selected the 2019 scholarship winner! Nestor performed his solo work, The Yellow Rose of Texas, at our July 4th, 2019 concert.
Visit our scholarship page for additional details.



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