Alumni Members

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Amber Nelson

Location: 
Council Bluffs, IA

Years in IGO:
1998-2000

Instrument Played:
Flute


Logan Penington

Location: 
New Berlin, WI

Years in IGO:
12

Instrument Played:
Drums/ Percussion

Memories/How Orchestra Impacted your life:
My years in IGO were some of the happiest and most formative of my life. I remember many trips including the very first trip the Orchestra ever took in 1986 to Washington DC. My father, Chuck, was without a doubt the strongest musical influence in my life. Playing in the Orchestra taught me the extremely valuable skill of learning how to read music charts. This allowed me to have a tremendous head start on my musical career and also understand the joy and happiness that comes from making friends through music. I am positive that I wouldn't be the musician I am today without playing in this group. I hope the Orchestra continues to touch many lives as it has mine. Chuck Penington is without a doubt one of Nebraskas greatest gifts to music and I look forward to hearing him have many more seasons to come with the Orchestra!

Current Musical Interests/Pursuits: 
Drummer - Mannheim Steamroller 2006 - Present
Drummer - Carnival Cruise Lines - 1999-2003, 2006
Currently studying drums with Tom Hipskind (Hamilton/ Columbia College Chicago)
Studied drums with jazz legend Jim Chapin 1996-1997


Gina Todero Mangine

Location: 
San Diego, CA

Years in IGO:
1990-1996

Instrument Played:
Violin

Memories/How Orchestra Impacted your life:
I will never forget our trips to Dallas and The White House! I loved playing fun music and making new friends of all ages.

Current Musical Interests/Pursuits: 
Singing at church and with a group of friends. I am currently a pediatrician and singing and enjoying live music are my favorite hobbies.


Andi McGargill (Bruning)

Location: 
Lake Zurich, IL

Years in IGO:
about 8

Instrument Played:
Cello

Memories/How Orchestra Impacted your life:
I remember the friends I made the most. Going on the trips were always so fun. I took my first plane ride with IGO!

I met so many phenominal players of all ages and still continue to keep in touch with them when I can.

Current Musical Interests/Pursuits: 
I played for my church a couple of times recently. I'm pretty rusty!! Now I keep busy with my 4 kids and running marathons.


Derek Molacek

Location: 
Omaha

Years in IGO:
1995-2001

Instrument Played:
Trombone/Euphonium/Composer

Memories/How Orchestra Impacted your life:
Performing with the Orchestra allowed me to interact with many musicians of all ages, and even allowed me to pursue an interest in composition. Until that time, I never really thought of the possibilties in which music might take me. One of the highlights was composing, performing, and recording "A Euphonic Cruise", one of my first original compositions with the Orchestra.

I met so many phenominal players of all ages and still continue to keep in touch with them when I can.

Current Musical Interests/Pursuits: 
-BM in Jazz/Commercial Music (2005), Trombone at the University of Denver
-MM in Jazz Studies (2009), Trombone at the University of North Texas
-DMA in Composition (2017), Jazz Emphasis at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
-Three years (2010-2013), United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Trombone
-Five Years (2005-2009, 2013-2014) Princess Cruises, Showband Musician/Music Manager
-Performed with Clint Holmes at the Omaha Symphony in 2016


Tom Miller

Location: 
Omaha

Years in IGO:
6-7

Instrument Played:
Bass

Memories/How Orchestra Impacted your life:
IGO made a huge impact in my life. It opened up my mind to different styles of music. It helped me become confident at being a leader and become a core leader in the rhythm section.

Current Musical Interests/Pursuits: 
I currently teach middle school orchestra and at a private studio. I also am a freelance musician and I am constantly performing in a variety of venues.


Melissa (Tatreau) Holtmeier

Location:
Omaha

Years in IGO:
1995-2001

Instrument Played:
Violin/Concertmaster

Memories/How Orchestra Impacted your life:
IGO provided me with my first airplane trip--to D.C. in 1995! It was HOT, but we got to play on the White House lawn among other places. We went to Estes Park in 1997. So beautiful. Love of people: I made life-long friendships in the orchestra and Chuck has been a dear mentor and friend to me. The love of music is also life-long. One doesn't need to major in music or give it up upon graduation! I can think of nothing better to bridge the generation gap. I have been able to continue my love for pops/movie music in my career. It's still my favorite and no one teaches you HOW to groove (on strings) in school. Chuck does! It's a different language entirely (and often full of flats!) Playing with vocals is a unique style as well. It's an amateur orchestra, but his expectations are on a professional level. I am SO grateful for my experiences in IGO. I pop in on a rehearsal or concert when I can and am happy to have several students in the group. I'll be back when I'm 50!!

Current Musical Interests/Pursuits:
-Undergrad at UNO in Music Ed 2001
-Masters in Violin Pedagogy/Performance at UW-Milwaukee 2003
-Full time Artist-Faculty member violin/viola at the Omaha Conservatory of Music since 2005 (+ String Dept Chair)
-Founding member and manager of the Mahr String Quartet (www.mahrquartet.com)
-Performed with Mary J. Blige, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Pam Tillis, The Lettermen, Michael W.Smith, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bublé, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller (on 30/40 LIVE!) 
-Played with the Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux City and Tulsa Symphonies
-Toured China and the USA with the Mantovani Orchestra
-Performed the Salute to Vienna New Year’s 2010 concerts in Southern Florida
-Recording sessions and other freelance work
-Local pit orchestra for Broadway shows: Little House on the Prairie, Westside Story, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Newsies, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music (2017)
-But most importantly...wife and mom to photographer husband, Chris Holtmeier and our daughter, Ella.


Jim Harvey

Years in IGO:
1

Instrument:
Violin

Memories/ How Orchestra Impacted Your Life:
It was a pleasure to perform music to make others happy. Performing on the premises of the White House in Washington D.C. was an unforgetable experience. Traveling with my mother was a memorable time that I will always treasure the rest of my life.

Current Musical Interest:
It is a pleasure to sing in the Christ the King choir. I enjoy playing the violin for other special events as well. Being an IGO concert sponsor makes me feel good knowing that music and memories will continue to be made hopefully for future generations.
 

Joe Taylor

Years in IGO:
3

Insturment:
Vocalist

Memories/ How Orchestra Impacted Your Life:
The puiblic exposure as a member of IGO and the advice from Mr. Chuck Pennington helped me launch my singing career. Today I average 23 shows a month. In 2014, I was blessed with 281 performances. Thank you IGO for all your help in giving me a great start to a wonderful life in the world of music & entertainment.

Current Musical Interest:
Full time Professional Singer - Songwriter - Entertainer.
 

Laurie Basile

Location:
Brookfield, WI

Years in IGO:
6

Instrument Played:
Viola

Memories / How Orchestra Impacted Your Life:
I felt honored to play in this ensemble under Chuck Penington's direction. I made many friends, and still stay in touch with some of them through Facebook.

Current Musical Interest: I left IGO in 2012 when I retired and returned to my home state of Wisconsin. After trying a couple of orchestras, I found my place in the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, which formed in the spring of 2016. The orchestra is made up of people of all ages: students, music teachers, and people like me who played in school and beyond and want to have a fulfilling recreational activity.

Michael Anderson

Location:
Omaha

Years in IGO:
1993-1995

Instrument Played:
Violin

Memories / How Orchestra Impacted Your Life:
N/A

Current Musical Interest:
I no longer play the violin, the closest I came to musical interest these days is attending concerts. I enjoy all kinds of music and particularly the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Center.

LeAnn Anderson

Location:
Omaha

Years in IGO:
1989-1995

Instrument Played:
Flute, Piccolo and Vocolist

Memories / How Orchestra Impacted Your Life:
I remeber the fun and hard work at the camp calvin crest retreats. I am still friends with many of the people who were in the Orchestra when I was. Mostly I remeber chuck and what a great teacher and mentor he was.

Current Musical Interest:
Not currently playing although I still have my flute and piccolo. I do some local theater when time and opportunity arises. I am currently working toward a degree in arts management. My goal for a second career is to work for an arts non-profit organization. My passion in life at the moment is traveling anywhere and everywhere.