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The UNO Bands: A University Tradition Since 1928

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Established in 1928, the UNO Bands have been in existence for close to one hundred years.

About the UNO Bands

The UNO Bands are some of the most visible and active organizations in the College of Communications, Fine Arts and Media. The UNO Bands include two concert bands (the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Band) and two athletic bands (the Maverick Marching Band and the "Maverick Machine" Pep Band). All of the bands perform literature of the highest caliber and are open to students of all majors across the UNO campus. 

Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE)

As UNO's premier concert band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) has developed an exemplary reputation throughout the country and abroad for its exceptional performances of high quality traditional and contemporary wind literature. Comprised of some of the most outstanding musicians on campus, SWE performs an average of five concerts a year—including the annual BOCH Festival Concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

The ensemble has performed at regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, multiple conventions of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, several Nebraska Music Educators Association All-State conferences, and numerous other regional and national professional conferences. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has also performed abroad—giving concerts in France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, and Denmark.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:30-2:50 PM at the UNO School of Music. Students may enroll for SWE (MUS 4160) pending a successful ensemble audition prior to the start of the fall semester. Dr. Karen Fannin directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Click here for more information about auditioning for SWE.

University Band

The University Band is a non-auditioned ensemble open to all UNO students, faculty, and staff. The instrumentalists involved in this group perform a large variety of high-quality music for winds. The University Band performs two concerts per semester on UNO's campus. Students interested should register for the course in order to participate (MUS 2760). The University Band rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00-4:50 PM during the fall and spring semesters at the UNO School of Music. The course may be taken for General Education credit. The University Band is under the direction of Dr. Joshua Kearney


Maverick Marching Band

The Maverick Marching Band regularly entertains audiences across campus and travels extensively throughout the region performing in exhibition to thousands of high school students, parents, community members and the like. Members of the MMB have performed at the Holland Center for the Performing Arts, major community events, parades (including for a Presidential Inauguration), and the Midtown Crossing outdoor performance space in downtown Omaha as part of the End-of-Summer Concert Series sponsored by UNO.

The MMB is mostly non-auditioned and includes: Piccolos, Clarinets, Alto/Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Mellophone/F. Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba/Sousaphone, Percussion, Color Guard, and Twirlers (audition required to become a Twirler). The Maverick Marching Band rehearses in the fall semester on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 4:45 PM-6:15 PM at the UNO Center Dome facility (shuttle service provided to/from rehearsals). All members of the Maverick Marching Band receive at minimum a $250 scholarship for their participation. Maverick Marching Band members must report to campus for Preseason prior to the start of classes. (click here for more information)

"Maverick Machine" Pep Band

The Maverick Machine is the University of Nebraska at Omaha's resident pep band at the state-of-the-art Baxter Arena. The Maverick Machine rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 8:00-9:30 PM in the Strauss Music Building room 109. The band plays for UNO volleyball and basketball games as well as for our nationally-ranked hockey team. Auditions generally take place during the first few weeks of classes in the fall semester. All full members of the Maverick Machine receive $500 for their efforts.

The Maverick Machine has become a major public face of the university music program—playing for U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to the UNO campus as well as performing innovative halftime shows at UNO sporting events. The band regularly travels with UNO teams to tournaments around the United States and collaborates with university spirit and community organizations. (click here for more information)