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Welcome!The mission of the OSW is to provide opportunities for community musicians to come together in an enjoyable and cooperative atmosphere to practice and perform appealing, inspiring and educational concerts and cultural enhancement for the greater benefit of the community.We typically perform Fall, Winter and Spring concerts in Papillion’s Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, and other concert halls. The public is encouraged to check out our performance schedule, attend and enjoy all of our performances.

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Next Performances

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The next concerts will be on Sunday, February 25th and Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 PM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 324 Jackson St. in Papillion, NE. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The Omaha Symphonic Winds has also been chosen to perform for the ACB Regional Convention at UNO at 12:45 PM on April 27, 2024. Congratulations!


(c) 2022 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

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About the Conductor

Rex Barker began his career as the band director at Northwest High School in Grand Island, after which he moved to Omaha and became the band director at Millard South High School for the next 27 years. During his tenure as the Instrumental Music Department Head for the Millard Public Schools the district was named to the Top 100 Places for Music Education four times.After retiring from Millard South in May 2015, Rex became the Director of Instrumental Music for Midland University in Fremont and a Sales Representative for Fruhauf Uniforms. He was named Director of Performing Arts for Midland University in 2016. He is a Past-President of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. His honors include the Gary Thomas Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the UNO Bands Hall of Fame, the

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Excellence in Secondary Education Award from the Millard Public Schools, the NFHS Outstanding Music Educator Award for Nebraska in 2014, and he was recently awarded the 2016 Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award from NSBA. He was inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2022. Rex and his wife Mary have been married for 40 years. They have two children and 5 grandchildren.

About the Ensemble

The 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. Other previous conductors have included Mr. Ron Hardin and Mr. Byron Braasch. The current Conductor is Rex Barker, retired Director of Instrumental Music at Midland University and an educator with more than 40 years of experience with music education. The 65 member-musicians of OSW rehearsals at Millard South High School and are drawn from area band directors, music teachers, retired military musicians, area professionals and retired people.

Auditions

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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, and sight-reading.Talented instrumentalists who have graduated from high school are encouraged to contact us at Omaha Symphonic Winds for more information.

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(c) 2022 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.


The 2023–2024 Omaha Symphonic Winds

Rex Barker, Musical Director

PICCOLO
Alyssa Wilhelm
FLUTE
Sophia Baker
Caitlyn Bjork
Kitty Boese
Paige Carlow
Carissa Dreier
Sandy Murphy-Robb
Melissa King
April White
OBOE
Nikki Csipkes
Christine Robino
BASSOON
Ashley Cypher
Amy Wemhoff
Taylor Wood
B♭ CLARINET
Dawn Brincks
Frank Dowd
Lauren Gonzalez
Barb Hyman
Emily Johnson
Breanna Olson
Kristin Parent
Tammy Rix
Alyson Schilling
Emily Singer
Claire Smith
Theresa Vacanti
B♭ BASS CLARINET
Allie Mastny
EE♭ CONTRALTO CLARINET
Miriam Moran
BB♭ CONTRABASS CLARINET
Don Moran
E♭ ALTO SAXOPHONE
Brandy Hall
Wade Howles
Don Jacobson
Hiltje Peitz
Lisa Shelton
B♭ TENOR SAXOPHONE
Aracely Acosta
E♭ BARITONE SAXOPHONE
Kevin Hendrix
Sam Hyman

B♭ TRUMPET
Cutty Castillo
K. Roger Dill
Amy Gammel
Jon Gathje
James Lund
Taylor Matuszeski
Andy McCullough
Carol Miller
Brian Nelsen
Adam Schmidt
F HORN
Christi Bierman
Doug Breiter
Bridget Gervais
Trace Moody
Gavin Nielson
TROMBONE
Gary Addison
Amber Bock
Amanda Brandon
Andrew Brown
David Groth
Scott Johnson
Pat Peters
EUPHONIUM
Jacob Furtwangler
Jeremy Krug
Brad Millard
BB♭ TUBA
Sam Arrieta
Lindsey Bogatz
Sean Graves
Noah Hickman
PERCUSSION
Rob Benson
Ben Coleman
Connor Frank
David Kinkennon
Aaron Mathis
Kyler Peetz

(c) 2022 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

Upcoming Performances

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2023-24 concerts will be on Sunday, February 25th and Sunday, April 28th at 3:00 PM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 324 Jackson St. in Papillion, NE. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The Omaha Symphonic Winds has also been chosen to perform for the ACB Regional Convention at UNO at 12:45 PM on April 27, 2024. Congratulations!


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(c) 2022 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.