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2011.05.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Marching Mavs Will Perform This Fall

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) "Marching Mavericks" will continue to play in front of crowds at area events this fall. In fact, a full schedule is in the works for UNO’s “Musical Ambassadors” to perform in exhibition at numerous high school and state competitions and festivals in Nebraska and Iowa.

“The marching band remains part of UNO and its campus tradition,” said Courtney Snyder, Marching Band director. “We anticipate a great fall marching season.”

Earlier this year, UNO announced it would be moving its athletic programs into the Division I Summit League. With that change, the university ended its wrestling and football programs.

The Marching Band will perform at select area high school football games as well as an Omaha Nighthawks game. UNO will also host its own Marching Band Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Caniglia Field, where area high school marching bands will be invited to perform their fall competitive shows for expert critique by nationally recognized marching band directors.

With the changes set for this fall, the Marching Mavericks will likely have more performance opportunities than in previous years and will play for larger combined audience.

Members of the Marching Band come from nearly every discipline on campus, both music and non-music majors alike, said James Saker, director of Bands. As in previous years, every member of the Marching Mavs will receive a scholarship award to help with their university expenses.

“The 2011-12 academic year presented some challenges, but we’ve worked through them,” Saker said. “The students will have a great experience.” Marching Band staff members have been preparing for the changes and are planning shows to meet the specific performance needs of the group.

One of the changes will involve holding rehearsals only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday rather than Monday through Friday during the marching season. This should allow more students to participate, as they will be able to take Tuesday and Thursday early morning classes.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Marching Mavs should contact Courtney Snyder at cksnyder@unomaha.edu or (402) 554.3602 or James Saker at (402) 554.3446.

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