MUSICIANS
Dean Haist
Founder and Executive Director of the Nebraska Brass, received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Haist is presently serving on the faculty of Union College and Nebraska Wesleyan University, both in Lincoln. Dean is a freelance trumpet soloist and artist, having performed with all of the major orchestras in Nebraska, as well as numerous tours of Europe, the Caribbean, and Japan. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Executive Director of the Lincoln Municipal Band, Lincoln Civic Orchestra, and Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company. He has studied with Carmine Caruso and James Stamp, and can be heard on a number of record labels, including American Gramophone, Visual Music, and American Music.

Ken Kielniarz
tuba, was born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the School of Music at Northwestern University. He has studied tuba with renowned tubists Arnold Jacobs and Harvey Phillips, among others. Ken has been a high school educator for 27 years, directing band programs in suburban Chicago and Omaha. He serves on the Music Faculty of Dana College and Creighton University, is the Music Director of the Omaha Brass Ensemble, and is currently teaching elementary instrumental music for the Omaha Public Schools.

Mark Mendell
trombone, is originally from Salina, Kansas, earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Fort Hayes State University in Hays, Kansas, and holds a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Iowa. His teachers have included Mr. Lyle Dilley, Dr. John Hill, and Mr. George Krem. He has played with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Des Moines Big Band, the Nebraska jazz Orchestra, and was a member of the Plymouth Brass for three seasons. He currently plays with the Palladium Brass, the Omaha Brass Ensemble, and the Omaha Big Band. He is an instrumental music instructor in the Council Bluffs, Iowa school system and teaches trombone privately in his home.

Brad Obbink
trumpet, is a native of Lincoln, a graduate of Southeast High School, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, he served as instrumental music instructor in the Oxford Community School system. Since 1985, Brad has toured the country extensively with a variety of commercial orchestras and has appeared with numerous well-known performers such as the Lawrence Welk All-Stars, Myron Floren, and Bob Newhart, among others. Mr. Obbink is also a member of the Accent Brass Quintet of Lincoln, and is active in the music retail industry.

Richard Ricker
french horn, received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Tennessee and Master of Music from Southern Methodist University. He has performed throughout the U.S. with many orchestras, including the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the North West Chamber Orchestra of Mexico, the Florida Gulf Coast Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and Opera Orchestras, the Fort Worth Symphony and the Nashville Symphony. He also worked with the Nashville Symphony and Lincoln Orchestra Association in music management.