nebraska wind symphony

The Nebraska Wind Symphony has a new concert on Sunday, February 16, 2020 called “In Two Places.”  The show begins at 3:00 PM at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, (7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE.)

This winter concert features NWS Middle School All-Star Saxophones, Dr. Patrick Brown, saxophone soloist, and Dr. Adam Fontana, guest conductor.  This concert explores repertoire that includes many wonderful American classics as well as contemporary works for winds that challenge the listener to think differently about many aspects of our day-to-day lives.

Dr. Joshua Kearney is the new Music Director and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and the participation of the youth in such a production.  Josh is also Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

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Nebraska Wind Symphony Music Director, Larry MacTaggart is on sabbatical for this season.  But the symphony and the music play on in his absence!  All concerts this year will be under the direction of Visiting Music Director, Josh Kearney.  And the Fall Concert is Sunday, October 20, 2019 – titled “NWS Spooktacular” – at 3:00 PM.

Josh was kind enough to swing by the KIOS-FM studios to introduce himself to Mike Hogan and the "Live & Local" radio audience this morning.  His enthusiasm, respect for the music, and new love for the city Omaha come alive during this morning's chat.

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The Nebraska Wind Symphony, celebrating its 42nd season, performs four formal concerts and a free summer concert series each year.  Three free outdoor summer band concerts will be presented by the Nebraska Wind Symphony and its affiliated swing band, the Swingtones, on June 9, June 23 and July 4, with each performance starting at 6 p.m.

Symphony conductor Larry MacTaggart joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the concerts, the new venue for one of this summer's programs, and his future with the Nebraska Wind Symphony.

For more information on the summer concert series, call (402) 216-0122 or visit or the Nebraska Wind Symphony Facebook page.

The Nebraska Wind Sympony is holding their spring concert, "Ladies' Day" this Sunday, April 13th at Elkhorn South High School starting at 3:00 p.m.  

Selections will include an original composition by NWS Music Director (and recent Duane Johnson Distinguished Service Award winner), Larry MacTaggart.  Larry joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the concert, the joy of composing, and the thrill of having a piece of music come to life.

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Nebraska Wind Symphony's winter concert is this Sunday, February 10th at Omaha Benson High School at 3:00 p.m. 

Conductor Larry MacTaggart joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the NWS program, how to join the symphony, and this concert in particular.

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This Saturday and on the Fourth of July, the Nebraska Wind Symphony participates in two separate concerts.  Music Director Larry MacTaggart sits down in the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about these events.  More information is available at

The Nebraska Wind Symphony is holding their spring concert on April 15th at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.