The University Symphonic Band from Concordia University, Nebraska will perform at churches and schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas during its annual tour. The band will perform March 5–14 on tour and at St. John Lutheran Church in its hometown of Seward, Nebraska, on March 22.
“I think the most meaningful part of the tour experiences for me—and hopefully the students—is the opportunity to make connections,” said Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Schultz. “Our daily devotions connect us with God’s word. Our daily musical performances connect us with a deeper and broader understanding of ourselves as musicians and the music we are performing. Our daily connections with our host families connect us to people we might have never had the opportunity to meet. All of those connections build us up as we continue to grow as individuals and as a group of people who are using our musical talents to share Christ’s love.”
Schultz conducts the 49-member ensemble, which is open to all Concordia students by audition each year.
The University Symphonic Band formed in 1906 and is the oldest continuing musical organization at Concordia. The ensemble places emphasis on sacred, multicultural and contemporary literature, as well as traditional concert band repertoire.
The band tours a part of the United States each year and toured internationally to China in the summer of 2007.
Schultz earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia Nebraska and a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in music education at Boston University.
2015 Symphonic Band performances include:
Messiah Lutheran Church
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
Thursday, March 12, at 7:15 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
Sunday, March 22, at 3 p.m.
Performers include (alphabetically by state, city and last name; international at end):
Ryan Gross, junior, Riverside, Calif., trumpet
Abigail Connick, senior, Salida, Calif., clarinet
Cassie Nagel, junior, Lafayette, Colo., flute
Joseph Koenig, senior, Orlando, Fla., bass clarinet
Leah Maag, senior, Waterloo, Ill., flute
Karina Keating, junior, Woodstock, Ill., flute
Jennifer Reynolds, senior, Fort Wayne, Ind., trumpet
Cole Wohlgemuth, sophomore, Alton, Iowa, trombone
Courtney Upmann, senior, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, flute
Charity Espinosa, freshman, Clarinda, Iowa, euphonium
Hannah Weber, senior, Manchester, Iowa, trombone
Ellen Franzmeier, senior, Newell, Iowa, alto saxophone
Hannah Hester, senior, Walnut, Iowa, clarinet
Caleb Wehling, junior, Liberal, Kan., percussion
Marcelino Varona, senior, Olathe, Kan., flute
Zachary Klatt, senior, Shawnee Mission, Kan., trumpet
Kelsey Adcock, freshman, Wamego, Kan., clarinet
Molly Goltl, sophomore, Wichita, Kan., alto saxophone
Carlie Mueller, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich., alto saxophone
Jessica Krome, senior, Fairmont, Minn., French horn
Megan Suter, junior, Owatonna, Minn., percussion
Emily Steensma, freshman, Blue Springs, Mo., trumpet
Todd Brueckner, junior, Perryville, Mo., oboe
Karl Rovey, senior, Springfield, Mo., trumpet
Sarah Brutlag, sophomore, St. Louis, Mo., flute
Andrea Leising, senior, Arapahoe, Neb., clarinet
Daniel Heiser, senior, Aurora, Neb., trumpet
Zach Hagenson, senior, Bellevue, Neb., tuba
Courtney Burma, senior, Columbus, Neb., clarinet
Joel Ristvedt, sophomore, Crete, Neb., French horn
Naomi Ristvedt, senior, Crete, Neb., flute
Erika Neugebauer, senior, Gering, Neb., French horn
Jonathon Carnoali, senior, Hampton, Neb., tenor saxophone
Clara Rich, junior, Lincoln, Neb., alto saxophone
Angelica Blomenberg, sophomore, Norfolk, Neb., oboe
Cara Colligan, freshman, Norfolk, Neb., clarinet
Cassie Boeka, junior, North Platte, Neb., trumpet
Ethan Kesar, senior, Omaha, Neb., baritone saxophone
Emily Taylor, senior, Pierce, Neb., percussion
Jordan Schut, junior, Scribner, Neb., tenor saxophone
Cole Berry, sophomore, Seward, Neb., tuba
Nicholas Harding, senior, Yerington, Nev., euphonium
Joel Marquardt, senior, Denver, N.C., percussion
Erika Borslien, sophomore, West Fargo, N.D., clarinet
Allison Seeliger, sophomore, Edmond, Okla., clarinet
Beth Holle, junior, Stewartstown, Pa., percussion
Mikayla Eifert, sophomore, Houston, Texas, trombone
Rachel Dahlke, senior, Everett, Wash., clarinet
Heather Rasch, sophomore, Jos, Nigeria, French horn