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2023 Omaha Marching Invitational (OMI) Field Competition


Oct 14 - 15 2023


7:30 am - 12:30 am

Remember to wear Blue to show our support for our students, and signup using SignUp Genius so we know our headcount for the day.

Trailer parking will be in the area southeast of the field. Buses will park in the lot east of the trailers.  Click here for maps of the site. Spectator parking is west of the football stadium.

We follow Fort Calhoun after lunch and Millard South follows us.
Front Ensemble Warmup is 11:25-11:55 (B) and staging is at 12:15 pm.
Band Warmup is 11:55-12:25 (B) and reports at the gate at 12:35 pm.
Kearney performs at 12:45 pm in the Preliminary Performances.
Click here for the full Preliminary schedule.

Note that entrance to this field is similar to KHS, entering from the South.
This is a timed performance, so we need to be efficient when entering and also when exiting we need to get past the South goal line in time. Exiting bands have right of way when clearing the field.

The Pit setup area where the trailers park is on an inclined parking lot. We will need to use our loadlocks to block our cart wheels, etc. We will need trailers unloaded and props assembled before 11:45 so the pit can go to their warmup.

Following the 12:45 pm performance, we will return all equipment and props to the trailer area. We will not reload it all into the trailer as we will perform again in the evening. We will keep it staged in an orderly manner behind the trailers. We should be done with this by 1:15 or so. Then we will need to reconvene toward evening. We will announce that once we know our evening performance time and calculate back to the setup time – I would plan to be back by 5:00 at the latest, unless our time has us adjust accordingly. Call/text Ed 308-440-0694 with questions or to check on the time schedule for the evening.

Thank you for your involvement in the Pit Crew.  You are appreciated! If you have any questions prior to the event, please email us.


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Hourly Schedule

Saturday, October 14

Load Buses & hat bags
Leave KHS
Arrive at Omaha Burke
Unload to prepare for first warm-up
First Warmup
12:45p - 1:00p
Preliminary Performance
Preliminary Awards
Information will be provided to determine evening performance
4:00p - 6:30p
Meal Break
6:30p - 8:45p
Final Performance
Final Awards
Leave Omaha

Sunday, October 15

Arrive at KHS
Unload buses and trailers

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Helpful Thoughts

When I hear people asking how do we fix the education system, I tell them we need to do the opposite of what is happening, cutting budgets by cutting music programs… Nothing could be stupider than removing the ability for the left and right brains to function. Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who understand the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians.

Mike Huckabee

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.

Steve Jobs

In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities… the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.

Paul G. Allen

The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.

President John F. Kennedy

In every successful business…there is one budget line that never gets cut. It’s called ‘Product Development’ – and it’s the key to any company’s future growth. Music education is critical to the product development of this nation’s most important resource – our children.

John Sykes

During the Gulf War, the few opportunities I had for relaxation I always listened to music, and it brought me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North, and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Music is exciting. It is thrilling to be sitting in a group of musicians playing the same piece of music. You are part of a great, powerful, vibrant entity. And nothing beats the feeling you get when you’ve practiced a difficult section over and over and finally get it right. Music is important. It says things your heart can’t say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks. Music crosses borders, turns smiles into frowns, and vice versa. These observations are shared with a hope: that, when schools cut back on music classes, they really think about what they’re doing – and don’t take music for granted.

Dan Rather

The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance, dependability, composure, courage and pride in results… Not a bad preparation for the workforce!

Gregory Anrig

Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.

Jim Henson

Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? The ‘back-to-basics curricula,’ while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system – absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring – indeed requiring – self-discipline, may be more ‘basic’ to our nation’s survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment.

Paul Harvey

It [music education] is terribly important, extremely important — because when you are a child, you are in a receptive age… In high schools, public schools — that’s where they must have the best influence, the first influence, which will go through their whole life.

Eugene Ormandy

It is our job, as parents, educators, and friends, to see that our young people have the opportunity to attain the thorough education that will prepare them for the future. Much of that education takes place in the classroom. We must encourage our youngsters in such pursuits as music education. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, no matter what the arena, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living.

Edward H. Rensi

A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.

Robert E. Allen

Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.


Arts Education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate; the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.

Joseph M. Calahan