On May 5, 2011 Jeff Stelling and David Nabb recieved the first-ever VSA Award for Achievement in Instrument Adaptation
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The mission of the UNK One-Handed Woodwinds Program is to make one-handed woodwind instruments available to permanently disabled individuals.
The program was inspired by Dr. David Nabb and his continuing success with his Stelling Brass & Winds "toggle-key" saxophone.
Dr. Nabb has taught woodwinds at the University of Nebraska at Kearney since 1994. In 2000, he survived a massive stroke that left him unable to play or teach.
Together with Stelling Brass & Winds of Kearney, Dr. Nabb developed a "toggle-key" saxophone that can be played with only one hand. In 2003, his new instrument allowed Dr. Nabb to resume performing and all of his pre-stroke teaching activities.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney One-Handed Woodwinds Program maintains the philosophy that music is a necessary element of the human experience.