Wind Ensemble touring high schools in three states

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska Kearney Wind Ensemble is performing at five high schools in eastern Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota as part of a Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 concert tour.

The 44-member Wind Ensemble, directed by Duane Bierman, opens the tour with a home concert in the Recital Hall of the UNK Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. on (Wednesday) Jan. 29.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Tour stops include:

Thursday, Jan. 30

1 p.m. – Bennington High School

7 p.m. – Wahoo High School

Friday, Jan. 31

9 a.m. – Nodaway Valley High School (Greenfield, Iowa)

2:20 p.m. – Union High School (La Porte City, Iowa)

Saturday, Feb. 1

8 p.m. – Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School

The 1,500-mile round trip tour also includes stops at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and St. Paul Winter Carnival. Members of the UNK Wind Ensemble were selected through auditions. They include:

Adams - Celia Timms, alto saxophone
Bennington - Victoria Klaus, flute
Columbus - Audrey Grant, horn
Cozad - Ellen Laird, percussion
Gering - Jeremy Eskam, tuba; Darrin Gonzales, trombone
Grand Island – Toni Birch, tuba; Patience Buck, trombone; Austin Gewecke, trumpet; Logan Gregory, baritone saxophone; Eric Rempe, trombone
Hastings – Tyler Hinrichs, clarinet; Zach Thomas, percussion
Hickman - Kristina Price, clarinet
Holdrege - Amanda Gray, percussion
Kearney – Daniel Gibbs, flute; Tyler Walker, alto saxophone; Aaron Woolley, horn
Lexington – Morgan Sentelle, trumpet
Lincoln – Cole Chancellor, oboe
Madrid - Bert Ogg, bass clarinet
Minden – Jonathan Hunzeker, trombone; Nate Hunzeker, trumpet; Vergil Nelson, euphonium; Jared Sanford, clarinet; Matthew Stubbs, trumpet
Mitchell - Matt Powell, percussion
North Platte – Barbara Lloyd, flute
Ogallala – Alex Rudolph, tuba
Omaha – Haley Allen, tenor sax; Jacob Fahrlander, string bass; Nathan Skinner, percussion; Anna Wagemann, horn
Plainview – Justin Kluver, percussion
Sargen - Hyojung Kim, flute
Wahoo - Hillary Fick, clarinet; Gabe Haberman, trumpet
Wallace - John Paul Lempke, euphonium

Ames, Iowa - Stephanie Holtman, flute
Andalusia, Ill. - Tony Garcia, tenor saxophone
El Paso, Texas - Joel Montes, percussion
Fort Collins, Colo. - Ruth Vakoc, clarinet
Mahtomedi, Minn. - Kelly Skunes, trumpet
Kyoto, Japan - Maiko Oku, alto saxophone


Source: Duane Bierman, UNK Director of Bands, 308.865.8607
Writer: Todd Gottula, 308.865.8454,

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