Nebraska Regional Connections Event

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Omaha, Nebraska
April 26-27, 2024




ACB Regional Connections Events will bring bands and musicians from a region together for a day of collaboration, education, performance and discussion. The first of these takes place April 26 and 27, 2024, in Omaha, Nebraska, hosted by the Nebraska Wind Symphony. The Friday and Saturday events will be at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

General Schedule

All events in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) - Strauss Performing Arts Center 


  • 2PM - 6PM - Check-in at designated hotel - Hampton Inn and Suites - Aksarben Village, Omaha, NE
  • 6:30 pm - Early Registration Check-in @ UNO Strauss Performing Arts
  • 7:30 pm - University of Nebraska Omaha Wind Ensemble performance with the Lewis Central High School Symphonic Band (open to general public)


    • 8:00 am   - 11:00 am - Check-in/Registration
    • 8:30 am   - Seating of Music Reading band - Location: Concert Hall
    • 9:00 am   - Music Reading Session conducted by Dr. Joshua Kearney - Location: Concert Hall
    • 10:45 am - Clinic
    • 11:30 am - Lunch in MBSC Nebraska/Aksarben rooms (adjacent to the Performing Arts Center)
    • 12:45 pm - Performance - open to general public
    • 1:45 pm   - Clinic
      • Early Band Instruments
      • Clinicians: Ana Silva and Dwight Vaught, National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD
      • Location: Recital Hall
    • 3:00  pm  - Performance - open to the general public
    • 4:00 pm   - Roundtable Forum:  Community Band Administration topics
      • Moderator: Gail Brechting
      • Panelists:
        • Brian Lund, Nebraska Wind Symphony
        • Rich Thimmesch, Central Iowa Wind Ensemble Executive Director
        • James Deeds, Central Iowa Wind Ensemble Board President
        • Rex Barker, Omaha Symphonic Winds
        • Don Jacobson, Iowa Western Community Band
      • Location: Recital Hall
    • 5:00 pm   - Dinner break (on own)
    • 7:30 pm   - Performance - open to general public
    • 8:45 pm   - Closing Reception

Reading Session Conductor

      • Dr. Joshua Kearney, Director of Bands, University of Nebraska at Omaha will be leading the music reading session. Biography.

About the Music Reading Session

The music reading session will be a chance to play through many pieces of music. The sessions will allow musicians and directors to get a feel for a wide number of pieces across a variety of grade levels, learn about composers that may not be known to them, and allow for those playing and listening to gain perspective on the accessibility and enjoyment of a piece for their own bands.  There is little rehearsing as there is no performance beyond the reading of the music as part of the session. Those registrants who do not wish to read through the music will be the only audience. Suggest music for the session.

Individual Registration information

      • Rates until March 15, 2024
        • $20 student rate (K-12)
        • $45 ACB member rate
        • $75 non-member rate
      • Rates after March 15, 2024
        • $20 student rate (K-12)
        • $55 ACB member rate
        • $85 non-member rate
      • Registration includes:
        • participation in /observation of Music Reading Session
        • attendance at all sessions/clinics/roundtables/masterclasses
        • lunch
        • attendance at all performances and concerts
        • attendance at all receptions
Individual Registration

Hotel Information

      • Hampton Inn Omaha Midtown-Aksarben Area
        1401 South 72nd Street
        Omaha, Nebraska, 68124
        Event registration Code: CHHWND
        Make your reservation by April 5th for the event rate.

        Use the button below or call and mention registering for the regional ACB convention, hosted by the Nebraska Wind Symphony, to get the discounted rate.

Make Hotel Reservation

Local Information

Need More Information

      • If you have any other questions or would like more information, please contact Scott McElfresh,  Regional Connections Events Coordinator  at [email protected]