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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