In September 1977, Darwyn “Tony” Snyder organized a group of 70 adult musicians and the Nebraska Wind Symphony, Omaha’s Community Concert Band was born. Tony and others had long recognized the need for a performance outlet for those who had spent years in high school and college band programs and now could not find an organized group with which to play. We celebrate the vision of these individuals that resulted in establishing the Nebraska Wind Symphony!
The Nebraska Wind Symphony is an adult community band of over 75 adults from a wide variety of vocational backgrounds. Each concert season, the NWS performs three formal concerts plus other concerts in a variety of venues, including two free summer outdoor concerts.
Our Mission: To provide amateur adult musicians the opportunity to perform music for wind band in a nurturing environment and share our music joyfully with the community.
Our Vision: The Nebraska Wind Symphony is a musical treasure and goodwill ambassador for the City of Omaha and State of Nebraska.
Our Core Values:
Quality – We are committed to creating a high quality experience for our members and audiences.
Responsibility – We will manage all aspects of our organization with the utmost care and integrity.
Improvement – We will continuously seek ways to make our organization better and enhance our impact in the community.
Collaboration – We will partner with music educators and other arts organizations to promote music as a lifelong avocation.
Fun – We are committed to having a good time making music together.
The NWS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
The NWS strives to provide high quality band concert performances of a variety of music programming that appeals to music enthusiasts and many segments of the community. The NWS continues to be a frequent recipient of program support from the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), an active advocate of the arts.
NWS is an organization member of the Association of Concert Bands (ACB).
The ACB exists to encourage and foster adult concert community, municipal, and civic bands and to promote the performance of the highest quality traditional and contemporary literature for band.