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Our Next Concert is Sunday, February 16, 2020!

Sunday, February 16, 2020 – NWS 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.

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.

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Music Director, Larry MacTaggart is taking a sabbatical the 2019-2020 concert season.
Visiting Music Director, Josh Kearney is directing the concert band at all concerts this season.


Dance to the music of the NWS Swingtones

Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:30-10:30 pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center
5419 N 114 ST, Omaha, NE 68164

Music in Catholic Schools Benefit Dance
6:15PM to 7:15PM – Free Dance instruction by Dan Wondra
7:30PM to 10:30PM – Dancing to Big Band Music provided by NWS Swingtones
Approx 8:30PM – MCS Jazz Band directed by Dan Irvin
Tickets available at the door:
$15 per adult;
$10 for seniors and students
Beverages and desserts are available for free-will donations.
Silent auction featuring many special music and entertainment items.
Need more info?  See Music in Catholic Schools website or call 402-557-5600

Music in Catholic Schools (MCS) is in its 41st year.  It operates as a parent paid band program in 22 Catholic and 2 Lutheran grade schools in the Omaha metro area.
Funds raised at this event enable students with need to participate in band at their school.


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

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Spring Concert
“¡Song and Dance!”  – 7PM
UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 60th and Dodge, Omaha, NE
Featuring Dr. Kristin Jonina Taylor, Piano

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!


Thank you for your support of NWS through Omaha Gives!

Thank you for supporting NWS during Omaha Giveson May 22, 2019. 36 generous donors gave a total of $2,725!  We are so thankful for this support.  It will help us continue to make music joyfully in the greater Omaha area during the coming season.


Hey Nebraska Wind Symphony Fans!

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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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