Nebraska Brass Band joins UNK Wind Ensemble for Sept. 29 concert

Nebraska Brass Band
Nebraska Brass Band

KEARNEY – Nebraska’s premiere brass band will join the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wind Ensemble for a concert in Kearney.

The Nebraska Brass Band, based in Omaha, will perform with UNK musicians at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in UNK’s Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Kathryn Salfelder
Kathryn Salfelder

Nebraska Brass Band consists of 34 professional musicians. It includes UNK alumnus and former Kearney resident Paul Niedbalski, as well as UNK low brass professor Robert Benton, who will be a featured soloist.

“NEBB performances are wonderfully entertaining and showcase a breadth of musical styles, including original symphonies, light classical, jazz, Broadway music, solo concertos and others,” said band member Laura Greet.

The UNK Wind Ensemble also performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The concert celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band sorority and fraternity.

“Our Tau Beta Sigma chapter has commissioned Kathryn Salfelder to compose a new piece for this special occasion, which I am beyond excited about,” said Duane Bierman, UNK director of bands. “Additionally, we will have three previous UNK directors of bands dating back to the 1960s, as Ron Crocker, Gary Davis and Neal Schnoor join us as guest conductors.”

Salfelder lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she serves as lecturer in music theory. An award-winning composer, her music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Albany (New York) Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, United States Air Force Band and Dallas Wind Symphony. Her work also has been featured in more than 300 concerts at leading universities and conservatories.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.


* denotes section leader

Minden – Sydney Wilson
North Platte -Taylor Blagdon
Parker, Colorado – Hayden Baldwin
Pella, Iowa – Erin Van Hal*

Grand Island – Reiley Hillman

Gering – Jaycee Rice
Grand Island – Aaron Borer*
Grand Island – Bre Dobesh
Hastings – Rachel Witt
Marion, Kansas -Terran Homburg

Lexington – Jonathan Madison
Omaha – Anna Overbeck

Omaha – Miranda Niemeier*
Omaha – Noah Pierson

Central City – Bailey Manhart

Brighton, Colorado – Zac Dibbern

David City – Bethany Tebbe
Lexington – Chris Rogers
North Platte – Joshua Lindenberger*

Blair – Blaine Fisher*
Blair – Grace Lueders
Blair – Bryson Pavlik
Crete – Allison Singh
Lincoln – Amanda Bond
Ogallala – DeVere Larington
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Aidan Bentley
Florina, Greece – Anastasios Valkanis

Gretna – Cal Switzer*
Grand Island – Alex Gewecke
Grand Island – Chris Pennell
Kearney – Jacob Temme
Kearney – Kali Wubben
Joplin, Missouri – Aaron D. Lawson

Gretna – Trey Switzer
Red Oak, Iowa – Jared Sherman

Grand Island – Cosme Price
Shizuoka, Japan – Yuma Oishi*

Blair – Sam Rosenau*
Columbus – Mia Grant
Kearney – Joshua Uden
North Platte – Steven Koehn
Odell – Zach Reiman

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