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

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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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No matter how much we love tradition, things change. With the increasing cost of printing and mailing a newsletter, we have turned our attention to technology to assist us in communicating with our members in a more cost-effective and timely manner. It is with great sorrow that we have ended the printing of the Belle Lyre. An archive of past issues is listed in the menu bar above.

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Everything old is new again

Our website has finally been updated. A temporary site at was used to create the site you see here. If anyone has bookmarked the temporary site, please redirect your link to here.

If you have any suggestions for information you want included on the site or news you’d like to read about, please let us know via the Contact Us link.

Thank you for everyone’s input on the design of this site. A big thank you to our website host and UNL Band Alum, Jeff DeLong, for getting our site updated.

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Cornhusker Marching Band revamps pregame routine

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The Cornhusker Marching Band is stepping up its pregame performance as part of fan experience improvements in UNL’s Memorial Stadium.
“I would call them refinements,” said Anthony Falcone, director of the Cornhusker Marching Band. “Mainly, we are looking to improve pacing to keep the energy level higher throughout the stadium during pregame. I would describe the changes as being ‘flashy traditional.'” “We’ll have three lines doing the 270-degree turns in succession,” Falcone said. “Because of the capes we wear, there should be some really good flash on those. And the rear back is something we did a decade or so ago and will especially be popular with our band alumni.”
Read the full article from UNL Today.
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UNL’s Glenn Korff School of Music begins webcasting concerts this fall

This fall, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music will begin regular webcasting of selected concerts in Kimball Recital Hall. For a schedule of which concerts will be webcast or to get the link for the live broadcast, visit To read the entire article, visit the webpage at the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

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Tailor of the Band

For those of you outside the viewing area, here is a great story about a wonderful couple we all know. Demetrios Delgiannis and Stamatia Delgiannis have been the band’s tailor for years, but that may soon come to an end.

UNL marching band’s uniforms tailored by couple for another year. Read more from KETV Omaha, Channel 7:

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