Dr. Gary Davis
UNK Symphonic Band director, 308.865.8497

The Fine Arts Recital Hall at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will be filled with sounds from diverse compositions as both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present their annual spring concert.

The Wind Ensemble, which is directed by Dr. Neal Schnoor, will begin the show with one of three featured instrumental soloists. Wayne music education major Emily Brady will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concerto” on clarinet. Brady is the recipient of the 2006-2007 Concerto Aria Competition.

The performance will be followed by Japan organ performance major Yu Takei, who will join the Wind Ensemble in the performance of David Gillingham’s “Prophecy of the Earth.”

“’Prophecy of the Earth’ is a dramatic composition in which Gillingham musically depicts the relationship between the earth (organ) and destructive man-made forces that are threatening it,” Dr. Schnoor said.

In addition, the group will welcome back band alumnus Sgt. Adam Jaworski for a performance of “All Those Endearing Young Charms.” Sgt. Jaworski is currently serving as euphonium section leader in the Albany Marine Band of Georgia.

Dr. Schnoor said the Wind Ensemble will finish its performance with a “unique and exciting” rendition of Eric Whitacre’s “Ghost Train.”

The Symphonic Band, as directed by Dr. Gary Davis, will follow with five new compositions that were just recently added to the band’s repertoire. Dr. Davis said two of the new compositions will stand out as highlights of the concert.

The band will be performing a new composition by Dr. Ronald Crocker, titled “Synchopolyophony.” Dr. Crocker is a UNK professor of music.

“’Synchopolyophony’ is developed around two exciting themes and, as the title suggests, the themes utilize syncopated rhythmic motives, as well as both pitched and non-pitched percussion,” Dr. Davis said.

Dr. Davis said another highlight of the concert will be UNK alumnus Jonathan Jaworski’s “Fog Over the Plains,” a piece featuring a feeling of serenity and lush harmonies. Jaworski currently teaches music at Ashland and Greenwood Public Schools.

In addition to new compositions, the Symphonic Band will perform the complex and dynamic “Legend of Bafe’,” as well as “Culloden,” a presentation of folk and Gaelic music inspired by 18th century Scotland.

The Symphonic Band performance will conclude with a performance of “Bravura,” a march composed in 1918.

The performance is free and open to the public.

In-State Wind Ensemble Members

Aurora – Ashley Lawton

Bellevue – Adam Hotchkiss

Columbus – Lindsay Starostka

Gibbon – Brandon Bohn

Gothenburg – Elizabeth Bevard

Grand Island – Thomas Carlson, Mackenzie Cochran, Adam Eschliman and Paul Zeleski

Gretna – Bethany Chandler

Hartington – Sheila Ppinkelman

Kearney –Ashley Hellerich, Eryn McBride, Brent Roemmich and Katherine Sizer

Lincoln – Paul Ewalt

McCook – Shawn Pfanstiel

Norfolk – Paul Niedbalski

Omaha – Jonathan Flanagan, Katie Langenfeld and Lauran Ostberg

Phillips- David Ziola

Plattsmouth – Megan Kumler

Ralston – Adam Grazier

Scottsbluff – Lindsey Bennett

St. Paul – Adam White

Wayne – Emily Brady and Joseph Brumm

Wood River – Sarah Uhrich

Out-of-State Symphonic Band Members

Mountain Home, AR – Wes Pendergrass

Cedar Rapids, IA – Corey Marz

Union, IA – Brett Kluever

Garden City, KS – Kerri Myers

In-State Symphonic Band Members

Archer – Amy Neel and Jody Neel

Atkinson – Rebecca Osborne

Aurora – Ashley Lawton

Axtell – Heather Colling

Beatrice – Troy Ehmke and Mark Nelson

Bellevue – Kara Dacey, Adam Hotchkiss and Corrina Wright

Chadron – Jonathan Dailey

David City – Leah Bartek

Gibbon – Brandon Bohn and Amy Smallcomb

Gothenburg – Elizabeth Bevard

Grand Island – Mackenzie Cochran, Adam Eschliman and Ray Zeleski

Gretna – Bethany Chandler

Hartington – Sheila Pinkelman

Hastings – Andrew O’Brien

Holdrege – Kimberly Anderson, Russell Crawford and Brooke Scripter

Kearney – Abby Bittman, Anthony Ford, II, Stacy Laue, Paul Niedbalski, Amber Reiken, Jessica Shupe and Katherine Sizer

Lexington – Dayvid Cardenas

McCook – Tyler Cobb and Shawn Pfanstiel

North Platte – James Conley

Omaha – Kelci Fulton, Melissa Hobbs, Andrew Jacobitz and Katherine Musick

Pickrell – Laura Goracke

Phillips – Evan Smith and David Ziola

Plattsmouth – Jennifer Chaloupka

Wayne – Joseph Brumm

Weeping Water – Casey Webster

Wood River – Sarah Uhrich

West Point – Phillip Erb

Out-of-State Symphonic Band Members

Mountain Home, AR – Wesley Pendergrass

Cedar Rapids, IA – Corey Marz

Honolulu, HI – Erin Parrish

New Lisbon, WI – Nathaniel Ruetten

Japan – Mari Nakamura, Asami Otsuka, Chihiro Shinoda and Kazuya Yoshino