2015 Reunion Date Announced

We just found out this week that the UNL Band Alumni Reunion Game will be September 5 vs. BYU. Mark your calendar for this weekend. As usual, we will not have start times until a later time. We will post more information about how to register as it becomes available.

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ABC’s Jeff Zeleny (UNL Band Alum) moving to CNN

Jeff Zeleny, ABC News senior Washington correspondent, will join CNN’s Washington bureau and political unit as CNN senior Washington correspondent next Monday to cover the 2016 presidential race for both television and digital, according to industry sources.

The papers were signed Monday, letting Zeleny out of his ABC contract. ABC News President James Goldston and CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist plan a joint announcement later Tuesday morning. CNN poached Zeleny, 41, because he has become a polished on-air correspondent and can also write long-form pieces for CNN.com.

Jeff — a native of Exeter, Nebraska — sprinted from Lincoln Journal Star to The Des Moines Register to the Chicago Tribune (where he covered home-state Sen. Barack Obama) to The New York Times to ABC. He is covering his fifth presidential campaign.

Robert Barnett was the lawyer for the deal.

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Richmond receives alumni award from William Jewell College

John W. Richmond, director of the Glenn Korff School of Music, is one of three Achievement Day honorees at his alma mater, William Jewell College.

John. W. Richmond

John. W. Richmond

“As you can imagine, I was surprised, humbled and truly honored to learn I was to be one of three 2015 Achievement Day honorees,” Richmond said. “The list of past honorees is really quite impressive. Jewell’s nickname is the ‘Campus of Achievement’ and their alumni magazine is called ‘Achieve.’ I simply don’t know of alumni recognition for a Jewell alumnus that could mean more to me than the William Jewell College Citation of Achievement.”

Richmond will accept the honor during their Celebration of Achievement March 4-6.

Richmond has been at UNL since 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in music education from William Jewell College in 1977, in addition to a master’s degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University.

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Remembering Jack Snider

Jack Snider, 93, Lincoln, died Friday, February 20, 2015, of natural causes. Born July 24, 1921 in McCook, Neb., to Harvey Martin and Alice Elizabeth (Amen) Snider. Served as director of bands/marching band and professor of French horn at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1950-1986. Graduate of UNL with undergrad and masters degrees in music. Also attended Peru State Teachers College and Wilber High School. Served in the United States Army during World War II.

Jack Snider

Jack Snider

Member of the American Bandmasters Association, Nebraska Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Gamma Lambda and Kiwanis International. Awards include: Don Lentz Outstanding Band Master Award 1976, Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from UNL College of Fine Arts 1995 and Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award 1997.

Survivors: Son, daughter-in-law, Robert and Ann Snider; granddaughter, Erin; grandson, David William Snider and wife Nicole; great-grandsons, Dylan and Nicolas Snider; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Loyd Snider, Jane Snider, Hervon Snider, and Dorothy (Snider) Price; Beloved wife of 45 years, Mary Alice (Peterson) Snider in 1992, and their son, David Martin Snider in 2006.

Memorial service to be held 2:30, Sunday, March 1, 2015, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 ‘M’ Street. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: HealthConnect at Home/Saint Elizabeth Hospice, 245 South 84 Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68510 or The Jack and Mary Alice Snider Fund c/o University of Nebraska Foundation, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68501. Condolences at: roperandsons.com.

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Update about Jack Snider

Late this afternoon we learned that UNL Professor Emeritus of Music Jack Snider passed away at 4:20 PM today. We will post information about funeral arrangements as they become known. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Last month, Jack Snider took a turn for the worse. His son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Annie are both with him. Jack is sleeping most of the time. Jack’s long term memory is still good.  He is having some trouble swallowing and had pneumonia. The doctors are talking that he has days to weeks left.  Bob is very proud of his Dad and the impact he has had on so many people.

From the 1962 NU Yearbook, the Cornhusker.

From the 1962 NU Yearbook, the Cornhusker.

Jack R. Snider, professor of music emeritus and former director of bands, taught at NU for 36 years. Snider was a founder and the first president of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, which gives an annual award in his name. Since retiring in 1986, he has been president of the first advisory board for the College of Fine and Performing Arts, president of Lincoln’s Downtown Kiwanis Club and member of the board of advisers for the Association of Concert Bands of America.

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Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award presented

General Manager, Nikki Csipkes; recipient, Brian Vuu; Marching Band Director, Tony Falcone

General Manager, Nikki Csipkes; recipient, Brian Vuu; Marching Band Director, Tony Falcone

The Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award was presented Friday night at the band banquet, held at the downtown Holiday Inn. The deserving recipient was Brian Vuu. Brian is a Senior Music Education Major (Saxophone) from Lincoln (Southwest High School.) This year he served as one of the Drum Majors, and last year was Alto Sax Section Leader in the CMB. Along with Marching Band he participates in the Jazz Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Choir. He also sings bass in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.


The award was renamed in 2012 in Russ Swanson’s honor. Russ was a french horn player in the marching band and was a part of the 1941 Rose Bowl Band. He was also a WWII veteran serving on an air bomber crew. He was a charter member of the Band Alumni Association in 1974 and was on the board until a little over a year before he died in 2011. He and his wife were dedicated volunteers for activities of the BAA board.

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Remembering Bill Beave

Bill Beave

William (Bill) Beave

William Paul Beave II, 69, of Lincoln, died on Sunday, January 11, 2015. He was born on March 31, 1945 in Omaha to William Paul and Esther (Eberspacher) Beave. He was a photographer, musician, and former police officer.

Bill was a former member of the UNL Band Alumni Association’s board of directors for many years. His son, Erin, is also a UNL Band Alumnus.

William is survived by his wife, Penny of Lincoln; son (daughter-in-law), Erin (Mary) Beave of Hastings; granddaughters, Emily and Courtney; father-in-law, Leonard Wever of Lincoln; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am Saturday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul United Methodist Church Chapel, 1144 M Street, Lincoln. Memorials are suggested to the UNL Band Alumni Association or St. Paul United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.

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Cornhusker Marching Band highlights show is Dec. 16

Cornhusker Marching Band

Cornhusker Marching Band

It’s show time as the Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert plays the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets, available at the Lied Center box office, are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

The performance will including the sights and sounds of the Pride of All Nebraska as the band perform halftime shows and the pregame spectacular from the 2014 season.

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Remembering Lynn Alexander

Lynn Alexander

Boyd Lynn Alexander

UNL Band Alumni Association mourns the loss of one of our founding members, Lynn Alexander. Boyd Lynn Alexander, 66, of Lincoln, passed away November 24, 2014. U. S. Army Colonel, Ret. Attorney at Alexander Law Office, P.L.C.

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday (11-26-14) Lancaster Masonic Lodge #54, A.F. & A.M., 1635 L St.

Memorials to the family for future designation or charity of choice.

Visitation one hour prior to service time.

See more at: Roper and Sons website

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Remembering Michele Deaton

Michele Deaton

Michele Deaton

Michele Lynn Deaton, 53, of Lincoln, passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Michele was born in St. Louis, Mo. and moved to Lincoln with her family in 1972. Michele was a beloved daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, friend, and colleague.

Survived by: Eleanor Deaton (mother); Richard Deaton (father); Randy and Jan Deaton (brother and sister-in-law); Nieces and nephews: Kristin and Jon Simpson, Chris and Cynthia Deaton, Randi Heidtbrink, Rachael and Jack Eliker, Jennifer and Jordan Luke, Jay and Morgan Deaton; 14 great nieces and nephews.

Michele was employed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music for 28 years. She was a member of the First Plymouth Congregational Church Choir for 26 years. Michele was also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota National Music Fraternity.

Michele will be remembered in a private, family service, with a public Glenn Korff School of Music memorial to be held at a future date. Memorials to: Glenn Korff School of Music, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 122 Westbrook Music Building. Lincoln, NE 68588-0100 or First Plymouth Congregational Church Choir, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502

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