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Concordia's premier instrumental ensemble performs in Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska

Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

The University Symphonic Band performed seven concerts at churches and schools during its annual tour. The band performed throughout Missouri and Illinois April 3–6 and at St. John Lutheran Church in its hometown of Seward on April 13.

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.

Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Schultz conducts the 52-member ensemble, which is open to all Concordia students by audition each year. 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.

Performances included:

St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Joseph, Mo.               

St. Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, Mo.               

Zion Lutheran Church & School, Belleville, Ill.         

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wentzville, Mo.

St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, Neb.

Performers included:


Ryan Gross, freshman, Riverside, Calif.

Abigial Connick, junior, Salida, Calif.


Bobby Cody, senior, Alamosa, Colo.

Andy Hammes, senior, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Cassie Nagel, sophomore, Lafayette, Colo.


Joseph Koenig, senior, Orlando, Fla.


Isaiah Garza, junior, Hailey, Idaho


Justin Tayon, senior, Belleville, Ill.

Leah Maag, sophomore, Waterloo, Ill.


Jennifer Reynolds, sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind.


Courtney Upmann, junior, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jen Erickson, junior, Germantown, Iowa

Hannah Weber, junior, Manchester, Iowa

Doug Erickson, senior, Paullina, Iowa

Ellen Franzmeier, junior, Storm Lake, Iowa


Thomas Hatesohl, junior, Clay Center, Kan.

Sarah Langness, senior, Larned, Kan.

Caleb Wehling, freshman, Liberal, Kan.

Karen Webber, junior, Olathe, Kan.

Marcelino Varona, junior, Olathe, Kan.

Zachary Klatt, junior, Overland Park, Kan.


Benjamin Sievert, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich.

Carlie Mueller, freshman, Frankenmuth, Mich.


Jessica Krome, senior, Fairmont, Minn.

Julie Marquardt, senior, Janesville, Minn.


Todd Brueckner, sophomore, Perryville, Mo.

Karl Rovey, sophomore, Springfield, Mo.

North Carolina

Joel Marquardt, sophomore, Denver, N.C.

North Dakota

Erika Borslien, freshman, West Fargo, N.D.


Andrea Leising, sophomore, Arapahoe, Neb.

Daniel Heiser, junior, Aurora, Neb.

Johnathon Carnoali, junior, Hampton, Neb.

Zach Hagenson, senior, Bellevue, Neb.

Courtney Burma, sophomore, Columbus, Neb.

Naomi Ristvedt, sophomore, Crete, Neb.

Erin Kelly, senior, Danbury, Neb.

Kristin Remm, sophomore, Doniphan, Neb.

Erika Neugebauer, junior, Gering, Neb.

Clara Rich, freshman, Lincoln, Neb.

Renee Williams, junior, Lincoln, Neb.

Sarah Lohmeyer, senior, Lincoln, Neb.

Angelica Blomenberg, freshman, Norfolk, Neb.

Andrew Van Velson, senior, North Platte, Neb.

Ethan Kesar, sophomore, Omaha, Neb.

Emily Wood, senior, Osceola, Neb.

Emily Taylor, junior, Pierce, Neb.

Cole Berry, freshman, Seward, Neb.

Olivia Oetting, senior, Seward, Neb.

Kelly Jacob, senior, Winnebago, Neb.


Nick Harding, junior, Yerington, Nev.


Rachel Dahlke, junior, Everett, Wash.


Rachel Bohnhoff, senior, Plymouth, Wis.