Lincoln, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Chicago, Illinois

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Philadephia, Pennsylvania

New York City (Carnegie Hall)

The Unofficial website for the NSO's Nebraska Residency and East Coast Tour (March 28 - April 7, 2006).

The Official NSO Residency/Tour Website (Kennedy Center) can be found HERE.

To view the NSO's Fall tour (West Coast and Nevada Residency), click HERE. To view previous NSO Tours and Residencies, click HERE.

March 28, 2006

Heather and Tony relax at Dulles airport while we wait to board our flight. Apparently, there is a slight delay as there was a gasoline smell in the airplane. "This is nothing to worry about" say the American Airline staff .... The staff actually seemed more concerned about the fact the NSO musicians were unable to "form a straight line" while we boarded the aircraft.

The 2.5 hour flight features .... you guessed it ..... Turkey Wrap! I know, most of you thought it would be Chicken Wrap .... but we're flexible. Here's our Turkey Wrap movie (click on the photo to download the 2 MB quicktime movie).

We land in Lincoln, Nebraska and are taken by bus to the famous Corn Husker Hotel.

As we walk around the city of Lincoln we are happy to see that percussionists are held in high esteem!

March 29, 2006

The NSO performs a young people's concert this morning in the Lied Center for the Performing Arts Center (Lincoln, Nebraska).


Paul and Donnie enjoy their prime rib at "Misty's" steakhouse.

March 31, 2006


Matt strikes a dignified pose as we prepare to leave Lincoln for Omaha. After the 1 hour bus ride we will perform young people's concerts at the new Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.


John poses for the camera before the morning concerts are performed.

And now for the educational part of this webpage ...

Click the image on the left to view Joe's drum set video!

And ... the long-awaited Tony Ames one-handed Scheherazade technique!

March 31, 2006


The NSO performs morning young people's concerts in the new Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The rest of the day is off - so we find the "Old Market" area; featuring the "Upstream" micro-brewery. The NSO has an evening performance on April 1st along with various outreach activities.

April 2, 2006


An EARLY morning for the orchestra; leaving Omaha at 8:30 am for a 3 pm matinee in Chicago (Orchestra Hall). The orchestra waits for buses at the Midway airport .... The NSO enjoys the hall in Chicago - very nice.

April 3, 2006


A DAY OFF in CHICAGO!. John, Ken, Tony, John S. (John T's cousin), and Todd S. visit Gilberto Serna at Century Mallet Company - the site of the old Deagan Factory. Gilberto shows us around his magnificent showroom - featuring rare instruments.

April 5, 2006

The Orchestra travels to Philadelphia to perform in the new Verizon Hall (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts).

The audience goes WILD after our performance of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

April 6, 2006


The NSO arrives in New York City for 2 concerts in Carnegie Hall. On Friday we check out "Drummer's World" and, of course, have a HUGE sandwich at the Stage Deli ...

Also Check Out Danny Villanueva's pics from the tour at:

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