It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our alumnus, Jeremy Blomstedt, on August 5, 2020, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. Jeremy was, until recently, the Equipment and Technology Associate for the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts and Digital Arts Initiative, where he had worked since 2018. He was also a talented actor and filmmaker. He recently starred in the Nebraska Repertory Theatre production of “Mother Courage.” Jeremy was a graduate of the Carson School, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in performance in 2017.
Jeremy and his brother, Matt (Nebraska Education Commissioner) are both band alumni.
A visitation and rosary (limited to invited family and friends) will be held on August 28th in Palisade at the Holy Family Catholic Church, where Jeremy and Amy were married.
A memorial Mass will be held in McCook, Nebraska on August 29, 2020 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, where Jeremy was baptized. Given possible concerns about coronavirus transmission, services may be limited in attendance based on any necessary restrictions by local health officials or church requirements.
Today (July 24) would have been Jack’s 99th birthday!
One way we’re celebrating is by announcing a 3rd scholarship: “The Jack R. Snider Freshman Band Scholarship”. This will be in the amount of $750.00 based on a student’s financial need. And, thanks to your donations, we have also been able to increase the two established marching band awards to $750.00 each.
However, we need your help to keep these scholarships supported through your continued generosity.
Please take a moment or two and make a donation. Any amount is welcomed and appreciated. But, if you need some help deciding on an amount, consider one of the following “suggestions”:
The day Jack was born…so $7.00, $24.00 or $19.00 or $21.00 (or $1,921…)
Jack started teaching at UNL…. $52.00
Jack began leading the UNL: Marching Band…$61.00
Jack took the marching band to the Gotham Bowl…$62.00
Jack’s first of many Orange bowl appearances…$63.00
The band goes “co-ed” …. $72.00
Orange Bowl Sousa show, featuring a 60-yard-long American Flag, the first of this size on a football field… $73.00
Jack took the band to Europe…$74.00
Jack would have been 99 today…$99.00
Please make a gift to support Nebraska band students today!.
The UNL BAA board made the decision that we should cancel our reunion plans for the fall of 2020. With so much of this college football and marching band season up in the air, we believe that the best course of action is to postpone until 2021. This decision is being made for the safety of our fellow alums as well as the recognition that plans for social distancing may make it hard for both Westbrook and Memorial stadium to accommodate our group at the present time. If perchance the football season is moved to Spring of 2021, we will explore our opportunity to reschedule to a game in that time frame. Otherwise, we hope to be with you again in the Fall of 2021.
Please remember that the BAA is a membership organization, and we will still be running a membership campaign in late summer or early fall. Dues and donations collected during that campaign will be used for our expanded scholarship program for current Cornhusker Marching Band members. If the Cornhusker Marching Band is able to participate in the football season, they may have additional needs for our support which your donations will also help us fund.
Please stay safe, and we will look forward to gathering together in 2021.
Go Big Red!
Steve Pearson President, Band Alumni Association, Inc.
Delphine L. (Ayers) Sanks, 93, of Kearney, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020, at her home. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Kearney Area Animal Shelter, Peterson Senior Center, First Presbyterian Church of Kearney, Rowe Sanctuary, and Salvation Army of Kearney.
Delphine was born on July 31, 1926, in Broken Bow, NE, to Earl Leonard and Dorothy Delphine (Faragher) Ayers. She spent her first 10 years in Broken Bow before moving with her family to Lexington, NE. She attended Lexington High School and graduated with the class of 1944. Delphine then attended the University of Nebraska on a merit scholarship where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and was one of the first female members of the Cornhusker Marching Band. She later attended Kearney State College where she earned a master’s degree in educational media. Delphine married Lee Sanks on March 24, 1950, in Kansas City, MO. Delphine began her teaching career in 1972 at Kearney Catholic High School, first as a librarian and then as a teacher of junior high English. She held this position for 10 years. She continued her career as a Professor of English at Kearney State College until she retired in 1990.
Douglas Samuel Chappell, 84, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at his home.
While attending Scottsbluff High School, Doug was active in basketball, band, and Student Council. He was also president of Key Club, a member of National Honor Society, and attended Cornhusker Boys’ State. Doug was graduated from Scottsbluff High School with the class of 1953.
Doug continued his educational career by earning an Associate of Science Degree from Scottsbluff Junior College (WNCC) in 1955, a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (class of 1957), and his Master of Education in Educational Guidance from the University of Wyoming in 1966. Lifelong learning was accomplished through additional graduate hours earned from CSC, UNK, OSU, and UNL.
As a student, two of his greatest talents and passions were band and basketball. He played cornet in the Scottsbluff High School Band, Scottsbluff City Band, Gering City Band, Scottsbluff College Band, and the University of Nebraska Marching Band.
You can read his complete obituary online at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com where condolences may be left for the family. A memorial has been established in Doug’s name to the Scottsbluff High School Counseling Department, General Scholarship Fund.