Remembering Delphine Sanks

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 Sanks
Delphine L. Sanks

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.

You can read the full obituary in the Lexington Clipper-Herald.

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Remembering Doug Chappell

Douglas Samuel Chappell, 84, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at his home.

Doug Chappell
Doug Chappell

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 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.

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2019 Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Announced at Band Banquet

The 2019 Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award was presented this year to Dan Iverson! Dan was awarded a plaque at the band’s end of season banquet on January 31, 2020. Dan received $100, a personal award, and his name will be on a plaque which is on display at Westbrook Music Building. 

Dan is a trombone player from Rapid City, South Dakota. He is a senior music education major at UNL and is currently student teaching.

Award presentation
From Left to Right: Julie Duensing, BAA Board Member, Dan Iverson, Bob Snider, BAA Development Officer

This 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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Save the Date!

Our Reunion Weekend for 2020 will be September 4-5. The game is a Big Ten game against Purdue. Registration will open the first week in July.

We’ve been working on updated design for the “Band Song” shirt and will be available later.

Based on feedback from you, we are considering revamping how the weekend works. One change is that we will not offer a block of tickets for non-marching alumni or guests. Please check out the many options to procure your tickets without amount limitations on our Football Tickets page under the Reunion Weekend menu.

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Glow Big Red

We are excited to announce that we are supporting the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi during Glow Big Red — 24 Hours of Husker Giving by taking on the role of a fundraising champion. Our fundraising will help KKPsi conduct service projects, provide volunteers, and organize events to benefit the Nebraska Bands at UNL!

Glow Big Red and its 24 Hours of Husker Giving will take place from noon to noon on Feb. 13 and 14. All Huskers, near and far, can participate by lighting your home Husker red, flying your Husker flag, wearing Husker gear and supporting students with a gift to KKPsi. When you contribute $60 or more, you’ll receive an exclusive Glow Big Red stocking hat!

Join our students and give back
Join our students and give back Feb. 13-14, 2020

Glow Big Red — 24 Hours of Husker Giving is a 24-hour giving challenge to celebrate the generosity of our great state, so join the movement by contributing to our fundraiser on February 13 – 14! Check out our fundraising page here:

Thank you for supporting the UNL Band Alumni and KKPsi!

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