Two Free Summer Concerts!

The NE Wind Symphony, Omaha’s Community Concert Band, teams up with the NWS Swingtones to present two free concerts that will be sure to get your feet dancing and toes tapping.  Please plan to join us for either or both of these free  events. 
We begin each show with the Swingtones Big Band performing jazz standards at 6pm. Then the Nebraska Wind Symphony will entertain you with marches, Broadway, movie music and move 

Sunday, June 11 – 6PM – St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE. 
Enjoy the music in the air-conditioned comfort of the Mainelli Center at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. NWS Swingtones followed by the NE Wind Symphony Community Band. This concert features Paige Michaud, flute, our 2022 NWS Scholarship winner.  Paige is outstanding flute soloist you won’t want to miss.

Sunday, July 2 – 6PM – Granary Green – 7401 Main Street, Ralston, NE  –
NWS Swingtones followed by the NE Wind Symphony Community Band
You can find out more about the venue at the Granary Green web page.
Free-will donations will be accepted to offset the costs associated with presenting these concerts.

For details on all of the concerts in our 46th season visit our Season 46 Concert page.

Spring Concert – Sunday, April 16, 2023 – 7:30PM
UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center

On Sunday, April 16th, 2023 at 7:30PM we had our Spring concert. During this concert we celebrated Nebraska Wind Symphony founder, Darwin “Tony” Snyder, who passed away on January 2nd, 2023 at the age of 98.
The concert featured works from the very first concert of the Nebraska Wind Symphony as well as Psalm 74 by Brooke Pierson (Consortium Premiere); Adoration by Florence Price; Delta Work Song: Spiritual and Dance by William Grant Still; The Cowboys by John Williams and Concerto in D Major: Finale op. 283 by Carl Reinecke performed by 2022 NWS Memorial Scholarship winner Paige Michaud.  Guest conductors included Dan Kingkade, former associate director, and Jake Senff, band director at Elkhorn South.
View the concert program.   See the concert flyer.

Tickets: $10 for seniors, $15 for adults. Free for all students and children under 12. 
Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online in advance.

Darwin “Tony” Snyder, 1924-2023

A native of Marathon, Iowa, Tony served in France and Germany during World War II.   In 2020 Guillermo Lacroix, France’s Midwest consul general, presented Snyder with France’s Legion of Honor, the highest award for those who helped save the French republic. Snyder earned music education degrees from Morningside College in Sioux City and the University of Colorado. Snyder founded the Nebraska Wind Symphony in 1977 as a performing group for adults in the Omaha area, and he conducted the band for its first 18 years. 
We gratefully acknowledge his foresight and dedication to a lifetime of music including forming the Nebraska Wind Symphony.  It is wonderful that he recognized the need for a place where adults of all walks of life can come together and share the joy of making music in a concert band.
Contributions may be made to the Nebraska Wind Symphony in memory of Tony.  Donations may be sent to the Nebraska Wind Symphony, PO Box 24114, Omaha, NE 68124.  Or you can give online through our Donations 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. 

2023 NWS Memorial Scholarship Competition  amounts of $1,000and $500 are awarded. See our scholarship page for additional details about the scholarship.
2023 application period was January 24 through March 31, 2023!
Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship winners;  Paige Michaud and Seh Na Mellick!  Read more about our scholarship winners  by visiting our scholarship recipients page.

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
ShareOmaha’s Giving Tuesday
Donation Programs  –  Giving AssistantTAGG (Together a Greater Good) ; others

Thank you for your past and future support!

Hey Nebraska Wind Symphony Fans!

For information on all of our concerts see our 2022-2023 Concert Seasonpage.
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Do Good Days

SHARE Omaha sponsors days dedicated to meeting the cash needs of nonprofits in our community.  The Do Good Days also help them focus on volunteer and item needs.  It’s all happening at SHAREomaha.org.  Check back here to find out more about how to help NWS during each of these events.
The last Do Good Days were April 19-22, 2023.
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Spring Concert – Sunday, April 10 – 7:30PM

This concert was at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 10. Please join us for an evening of excellent music! Our concert program included two pieces arranged by guest conductor Dr. Jay Gilbert, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Doane University. We feature Kendall Wooden, our 2020 NWS Scholarship Winner, on Marimba. The concert also includes the consortium premiere of Zoom by Scott Boerma and the epic Give Us This Day by renown composer David Maslanka. 
View the concert program.
Concert hall doors open about 30 minutes before the concert.  
Tickets are $10 for seniors, $15 for adults. Free for all students and children under 12.
The Box Office opens about 45 minutes before the concert. 
You can purchase tickets online ahead of time as well.
View and/or download the flyer for this event.

For information about our other concerts, see the 2022 Concert Season page.

How did NWS cope with Covid in 2021?

We started the year with a series of Monday night Zoom sessions for playing members featuring these  opportunities
Zoom Music – We our commissioned Associate Director and Composer, Keith Davis, to write a piece that can be performed by our members over Zoom.  There is a lag in all of these interactive platforms that make group music performance a real challenge.  We’re giving this a shot and plan to record Keith’s piece to show others one way real-time music can be accomplished.
Happy Hour – We did a bit of socializing.  Took time to talk about things we all were doing and shared in a few online games.
NWS Seminars – Josh Kearney and Alex Wewel arranged for guest speakers to talk about music making in this time of covid.  We explored how science is being leveraged to help us play together safely and other things that are happening around the US and elsewhere.  We also watched a movie with a studio musician who commented about how the music was incorporated and help emphasize the story.

See more on our 2020-2021 Concert Season page.


NWS Memorial Scholarship News

2022 NWS Concerto/Scholarship Competition  amounts of $1,000 and $500 will be awarded. See the scholarship page for additional details about the NWS Scholarship and how to apply.
2022 application period has ended and applications are being evaluated.
Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship winners;  Paige Michaud and Seh Na Mellick!  Read more about our scholarship winners  by visiting our scholarship recipients page.


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