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A trumpet professor is planning a special performance at the Neligh-Oakdale High School band concert tonight. The spring concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.
Dr. David Bohnert will perform the "Napoli," and the high school band will accompany this 5 minute, 45 second Grade 5 trumpet solo, according to N-O band director Nate Metschke.
"I heard him play this with Norfolk High School this past fall, and it was so cool I asked him to play it with our band this spring!" Metschke said.
Bohnert is an Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wayne State College where he teaches conducting, music education, applied trumpet, and brass methods, as well as serving as director for the WSC Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. He holds the Bachelor of Music (Trumpet Performance) and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands. He has done post-graduate study at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he completed the DMA (Trumpet Performance).
Bohnert is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor for ensembles in the Midwest and is a popular adjudicator at music competitions throughout the United States. Recent conducting engagements include the Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band, Nebraska Class C All-State Band, Nebraska Class C All-State Jazz Band, and the Masonic All-Star Marching Band. He has presented clinics at numerous High Schools and Universities as well as the Nebraska State Bandmasters and Nebraska Music Educators Conventions.
An active performer, Bohnert plays regularly with A Touch of Brass, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Municipal Band, in addition to maintaining an active solo recital schedule. He has recently performed at the International Trumpet Guild convention and the American Guild of Organists conference. Bohnert serves as chair for the Young Artist Award with the International Trumpet Guild, as well as serving on the editorial committee and recording reviews staff for the ITG journal.
He was selected for the 2009 State National Bank Teaching Excellence Award at Wayne State College. Bohnert resides in Wayne with his wife, Melissa, and their three sons, Ethan, Aidan, and Nolan.