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Omaha Symphonic Winds is a select group of talented adult musicians from the Omaha metropolitan area who perform concerts of outstanding original band compositions and orchestral transcriptions. The ensemble was founded in August 2009, holds 501(c) 3 non-profit status, and is registered as a public benefit corporation in the State of Nebraska.

The mission of Omaha Symphonic Winds is to enrich the community with the heritage of great band compositions and to promote the future of band literature. We will accomplish this by providing an opportunity for the community to hear outstanding musical compositions in a live setting, furnish an outlet for talented adult musicians to perform quality music, motivate music students through joint concert performances, commission and premiere new works, and serve the community with outreach events.

Omaha Symphonic Winds was founded by Dr. William Hall, former trombonist in The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) Washington DC, The United States Army Field Band, and former Director of Bands at Dana College.

As of October 2015, a board of directors and two new conductors, Mr. Ron Hardin and Mr. Byron Braasch, now lead the Omaha Symphonic Winds. Both conductors bring years of experience and knowledge to the Omaha Symphonic Winds.  The Omaha Symphonic Winds rehearses and performs on a regular basis at Papillion LaVista High School in Papillion, Nebraska. The 60 member musicians of OSW are drawn from area band directors, music teachers, retired military musicians and area professionals.

Membership in Omaha Symphonic Winds is by audition. Auditions consist of a prepared solo or etudes that demonstrate the musician’s technical and expressive abilities, some required excerpts, and sight-reading. Talented instrumentalists who have graduated from high school are encouraged to contact Board Chair Frank Dowd at omahasymphonicwinds1@gmail.com for more information.

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