Wind Ensemble names members, sets concert dates


Francis Osentowski
Francis Osentowski

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Wind Ensemble has named its members and upcoming performance schedule.

The 44-member group, selected through auditions, performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at UNK. The free concert features guest conductor Phil Fahrlander, retired band director from Minden High School, and a composition by Kearney State College alumnus Francis Osentowski.

“Mr. Fahrlander is connected in many ways to UNK. Several of his children and grandchildren have attended or are attending UNK and were/are active in music while here,” said Director of Bands Duane Bierman. “He and his wife, Nadine, are often seen in the audience at various concerts at UNK.”

After graduating from Kearney State College, Osentowski earned advanced degrees in music and spent his career teaching music at the college level in Texas.

Phil Fahrlander
Phil Fahrlander

The UNK Wind Ensemble also performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Fine Arts Recital Hall and features works by Canadian-based British composer Peter Meechan.

Meechan will work with the Wind Ensemble preparing two compositions featuring UNK faculty Tim Farrell on trumpet and Robert Benton on euphonium.

The UNK Trombone Quartet will also perform a composition by Meechan, and he will spend time working with music composition students at UNK while in residence.

UNK Wind Ensemble Members

Adams – Celia Timms
Bennington – Keegan McGill
Blair – Blaine Fisher, Bryson Pavlik, Sam Rosenau

Pete Meechan
Pete Meechan

Columbus – Cayla Cuba, Audrey Grant
Cozad – Ellen Laird
Crete – Kenny Baires, Allison Singh
Gering – Jeremy Eskam, Darrin Gonzales
Grand Island – Tonilynn Birch, Aaron Borer, Karla Carrillo, Bre Dobesh, Austin Gewecke, Alex Gewecke
Gretna – Cal Switzer
Kearney – Asael Arevalo, LaTasha Carman, Moriah Chandler, Chase Christensen, Andrew Ochsner, Victoria Mejia, Jayde Metschke, Bailey Premer, Rachel Stefan, Katie Thorn, Josh Uden, Aaron Woolley
Lexington – Alyssa Olsen
Lincoln – Cole Chancellor, David Morrison
Mitchell – Luis Panduro
North Platte – Kaylee Thompson
Pierce – Rachel Tweedy
Stromsburg – Tristan Peterson
Utica  – Christina Dean
Pella, Iowa – Erin Van Hal
Red Oak, Iowa – Jared Sherman
Joplin, Mo. – Aaron Lawson
Shizuoka, Japan – Yuma Oishi