The dates September 2-3, 2016 have been confirmed as the 2016 Alumni Band Reunion. The football game is UNL versus Fresno State. Registration will not be open until after July 1, 2016, but we will keep our site updated with information as it becomes available.
Presentation of Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award (Left to right: Tony Falcone; Sarah Bigge; Steve Pearson, BAA President; Ranelle Maltas, BAA Board Director)
The Cornhusker Marching Band held their annual band banquet on Saturday, January 16th at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. Tom Kallman, UNL Band Alumni Association Inc. Vice President, was in attendance to give a short speech about our organization and to help present the award. Molly Boyd, BAA Secretary, was also in attendance.
The 2015 Outstanding Bandsman award went to Sarah Bigge. Sarah is a Senior Music Education Major (flute) from Bellevue, NE. She served as Drum Major for the Cornhusker Marching Band this season, and has also performed with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. She’s currently student teaching, and hopes to get a job teaching high school band. Congrats, Sarah!
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.
If you recently ordered band clothing, the orders will be handed out at Westbrook Music Building, room 130, on Wednesday, Dec. 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are unable to make that time, you can contact Mitch Snyder at email@example.com. He will find a time to deliver your order!
We have heard many requests for opportunities to purchase band alumni merchandise, especially shirts for the next reunion. We are in the process of creating some cool shirts for the next reunion. In the meantime, Kappa Kappa Psi is currently selling merchandise* as a fundraiser for the Bands program. The online order form is: http://stores.artfxscreenprinting.com/unlband. It is only open through Monday, November 16th, so get your orders in quickly! If you have questions, please contact Mitchell Snyder, treasurer for Kappa Kappa Psi, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Marching band jackets are limited to current and former CMB members, so if you have not been a member, please do not purchase one. You can probably have “ALUMNI” embroidered on them if you wish.