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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 Performance

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Please join us for a joint concert with the Midland University Concert Band on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Kimmel Theater at Midland University, Fremont, NE.

(c) 2019 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

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UNO Bands Hall of Fame, the 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. Rex and his wife Mary have been married for 34 years and have two children.

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, current Director of Instrumental Music at Midland University and an educator with more than 37 years of experience with music education. The 60 member-musicians of OSW rehearsals at Papillion’s Liberty Middle 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) 2019 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.


The 2018–2019 Omaha Symphonic Winds

Rex Barker, Musical Director

PICCOLO
Paige Carlow
Alyssa Wilhelm

FLUTE
Pam Ahlf
Christine Peters
April White

OBOE
Arianna Bohning
Nikki Csipkes

ENGLISH HORN
Andrea Smith

BASSOON
Liz Guinn
Paul Niedbalski

B♭ CLARINET
Dawn Brincks
Tami Cervantes
Frank Dowd
Don Fisher
Barbara Hyman
Emily Johnson
Kristin Parent
Theresa Vacanti
Kat Wendt
Andrea Wilger

B♭ BASS CLARINET
Allie Mastny

EE♭ CONTRALTO CLARINET
Miriam Moran

BB♭ CONTRABASS CLARINET
Don Moran

E♭ ALTO SAXOPHONE
Brandy Hall
Don Jacobson
Hiltje Peitz
Sarah Stratton-Babb

B♭ TENOR SAXOPHONE
Robert Hanlon

E♭ BARITONE SAXOPHONE
Sam Hyman

B♭ TRUMPET
Roger Dill
Tim Houston
Bob Lienemann
James Lund
Amanda McCullough
Carol Miller
Brian Nelsen
Max Poe

F HORN
Christi Bierman
Doug Breiter
Melody Edinger
Gavin Nielson
Amie Prendes
Lindsay Wilson

TROMBONE
Amanda Brandon
Tim Cramer
Patrick Peters

BASS TROMBONE
Gary Addison

EUPHONIUM
Jules DeSalvo
Sean Lockard

BB♭ TUBA
Sam Arrieta
Lindsey Bogatz

PERCUSSION
Rob Benson
Mark Carney
Chloe Corbett
River Fisher
Ben Hutchinson
David Kloeckner
Nolan Peters

(c) 2019 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

Upcoming Performances

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Please join us for a joint concert with the Midland University Concert Band on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Kimmel Theater at Midland University, Fremont, NE.

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Please join us for our final concert of the 2018–2019 season on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, Papillion, NE.

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Audition now for the 2019–2020 season of the Omaha Symphonic Winds! More information can be found on our About page.


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(c) 2019 Omaha Symphonic Winds, a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.