Dr. Neal Schnoor
UNK director of Bands, 308.865.88631

UNK– Two long-time band directors at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will conduct their ensembles for the last time at UNK this Sunday (April 25) in what the two are aptly calling “The Final Concert.”

“The Final Concert” marks the last UNK performance for Dr. Gary Davis, who is retiring from the UNK Department of Music & Performing Arts, and Dr. Neal Schnoor, UNK director of bands, who has accepted an administrative position at another campus. The two will direct the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, respectively, in a 3 p.m. concert in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This year marks the 36th year of teaching for Dr. Davis. He will, however, continue in his role as director of the UNK Honors Program, a position he has held since 2003. In May, Dr. Schnoor, who also served as coordinator of K-12/secondary education at UNK, will leave the UNK campus to begin a new appointment as dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Wayne State College.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Schnoor, will open the concert with “Mother Earth” by David Maslanka, followed by “Ballade” by Alfred Reed. Other selections include “Piano Concerto 2, in C Minor, Op. 18 – Mvmt. 1 (1901)” by Sergei Rachmaninov and “Accolade” by Timothy Mahr. Soloists and guest performers will include senior Troy Ehmke of Beatrice on the alto saxophone, and Dr. James Cook, UNK music professor, and Ann Bauer of Kearney, both on piano.

The UNK Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Davis, will perform several works, including “Firework (1992”) by Jan Van der Roost, “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger and “The Chimes of Liberty” by Edwin Franko Goldman.

UNK Wind Ensemble members, and the instruments they play, are listed below, alphabetically by hometown:

Amherst – Chris Gugel, alto saxophone
Archer – Jody Neel, tuba
Ashland – Kimberly Morwitzer, clarinet
 – Ashley Lawton, trumpet
 – Cameron Scheibe, trombone
Beatrice – Troy Ehmke, alto saxophone
 – Helen Breuer, horn
Comstock – Robert Roth, trumpet
 – Rae Fahrlander, oboe
Fremont – Josh Steager, trumpet
Gering– David Kelley, percussion
Grand Island
 – Eric Rempe, trombone; Katelyn Rempe, clarinet
 – Brooke Harris, piccolo
 – Eric Jones, percussion
 – Tyler Allen, trombone; Paul Niedbalski, euphonium; Brock Persson, tuba; Nathan Thorn, percussion; Paloma Mena-Werth,         oboe; James Wolf, bari saxophone
 – Joel Montes, percussion
 – Casey Cobb, tenor saxophone; Tyler Cobb, clarinet; Julie Gates, piccolo
Minden – William Gleason, trumpet
North Platte – Michael Conley, trumpet; Carey Teters, clarinet
Omaha – Andrew Jacobitz, trombone; Cayle Jones, bass clarinet
Osmond – Clint Dennis, euphonium
Scottsbluff – Brooke Brown, clarinet; Justin Vogel, trumpet
St. Libory – Adam White, percussion

       Union– Stacia Kluever, percussion

JAPAN – Megumi Kajigaya, clarinet; Daisuke Yamaguchi, flute


UNK Symphonic Band members are listed below, alphabetically by hometown:

Amherst– Jonathan Beaver, Heather Walker
Arapahoe – Aaron McCoy
Arcadia – Robert Roth
Archer – Jody Neel
Auburn – Aleria Alexander
Aurora – Ashley Lawton
Bellevue – Heather Wilkie
Belgrade – Jami Scott
Bertrand – Calli Samuelson
Blair– Helen Breuer
Burwell – Dillon Nelson
Cozad– Andee Bubak
Dalton – Blake Thompson
David City – Megan Buresh
Doniphan – Kallie McDermott
Fremont – Amber Clary, Joshua Steager,
Gibbon – Amy Smallcomb
Grand Island – Alicia Griesman, Jordan Hespe, Ryne Miller, Eric Rempe
Hastings – Caitlin Bruckman
Holdrege – Blake Dunaway, Eric Jones
Hordville – Trevor Schnabel
Howells – Rachel Vogel
Juniata – Abbie Schulyer
Kearney – Zachary Margheim, Brock Persson, Jacinda Uden, Nathan Thorn, Paloma Mena-Werth, James Wolf
Lexington – Joel Montes
Lincoln– Leah Bartek
McCook – Casey Cobb, Tyler Cobb, Nicole Green, Lewis Tapia
Newport – Cameron Scheibe
North Platte – Michael Conley, Robbie Heinzen, Mariah Kimble, Carey Teters
Ogallala – Mark Messner
Osmond – Clint Dennis
Omaha – Kelci Fulton, Andrew Jacobitz, Megan Miller, Paula Newhouse, Katie Trygg
O’Neill– Ryan Lieb
Overton- Jalisa Bauer, Kimberly Halley
Papillion – Nolan Narke
Prague – Jessica Sousek
Saint Libory – Adam White
Scottsbluff – Amy Krichau
Seward – Joshua Moravec
St. Paul – Andrea Placke
Wahoo – Matthew Braunsroth
West Point – Stephanie Luebbert
Wood River – Abbie Davis

Greensburg – Jill Abrell

Hoxie – Kylie Lewis

         Southfield – Anthony Ford

JAPAN– Megumi Kajigaya, Mari Nakamura, Takayuki Mizoguchi, Masami Morizono, Maiko Oku, Ikumitsu Tanaka

SOUTH KOREA – Insu Bae, EunPyo Kim