Caroling at Elk Ridge Village

1st Nebraska spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon with the residents of Elk Ridge Village, a retirement community on Omaha’s west side. The Village has both independent living and an assisted living facilities and we played at both of them.

Altos, Tenors, and Baritones prior to caroling at Elk Ridge Village

Our program consisted of modern Christmas arrangements, including Oh, How Joyfully, Wexford Carol, and Mary Did You Know?  followed by a sing-along of several favorite carols. The residents sang heartily and you could tell how much they enjoy a traditional Christmas celebration.

ELk residents
Elk Ridge residents finishing dessert and waiting for us to begin.
Cornets and Tuba  prior to caroling at Elk Ridge Village

Following our time at Independent Living we repeated our program down the road at Assisted Living. Both audiences were very appreciative of our performance and we were invited to return in May for a Patriotic program honoring veterans.

Serenading at the Durham Museum

On Sunday afternoon, December 6, 2015, the 1st Nebraska performed before a large and appreciative crowd at the Durham Western Heritage Museum. Each year the museum decorates a huge Christmas tree and places it in the Great Hall. Then on successive weekends the museum sponsors community music groups to perform before the visiting crowds.

Beautiful shot of the Christmas tree and the incredible ceiling of the Durham Museum

The museum is housed in the former Union Pacific Railroad passenger station in downtown Omaha. It has incredible architecture and certainly makes an big impression. As you view the photos be sure to look at the ceiling details.

The basement of the museum houses several pioneer days displays and a huge HO model train layout. It’s worth the visit just to see the trains.

Christmastime at Durham Museum

We enjoyed serenading the public with several modern brass arrangements of favorite hymns and carols, and will repeat the program for the Elk Ridge Villages senior centers this Saturday.

Fill up that crescendo!