Morgan Dennhardt, Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award Recipient 2019

Congratulations to Morgan Dennhardt, is this year’s recipient of the Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award! She is a Music Education major from Grand Island, Nebraska.

While being a part of the Nebraska Bands program, Morgan participated on many instruments in different ensembles. In the Cornhusker Marching Band and Big Red Express she played mellophone and in most concert ensembles she played French horn. She participated in the following ensembles: Symphonic Band, UNL Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Husker Horn Choir. She graduated in May and will be moving to Lafayette, Indiana where she will be teaching elementary music.

Morgan says:
“I would love to share a few of my favorite UNL band experiences! One of the greatest memories I have are from Friday nights while being a part of Misty’s pep band. The feeling of energizing a full house with No Place, Hail, and Hooked on A Feeling was exhilarating, and the burgers and prime rib afterwords were also a college highlight. Speaking of food, I never minded a Big Red Express hot dog while playing for basketball, gymnastics, softball, and our champion volleyball teams. In all seriousness, I had a wide array peak musical experiences in the UNL band program that I will always cherish. From stepping out on the field for my first CMB pregame to playing Maslanka’s Symphony No. 7 with UNL’s Wind Ensemble, I have gathered experiences I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Congrats, Morgan!

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Charter Week & Glow Big Red

It’s Charter Week, and along with it Glow Big Red! Glow Big Red calls on all Huskers (students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends) to show their spirit for the university on February 14.

Glow Big Red

Huskers across the globe are asked to: 

  • LIGHT IT: Red burns brighter. Prove it by lighting up your house or windows with Husker red lights and glow sticks.
  • FLY IT: It might not be game day, but you can wave, spin or toss your Husker flag like it is! 
  • WEAR IT: Wear your favorite Husker apparel (i.e. your Band Alumni shirt), or throw on a pop of red to show your Nebraska pride.
  • GIVE IT: Build the next 150 years of excellence by contributing to your university during its 24 Hours of Husker Giving. You can use the buttons at to give directly to our funds, or you can choose to donate to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Anyone who snaps a photo, video or other digital content and posts it on social media using the hashtag #GlowBigRed showing how they light it, fly it, wear it or give it, will be entered to win N150 prizes from the university. If you don’t use social media, submit your photos to to enter. Entries will be collected from now until Feb. 15. Winners announced on Charter Day. Here is your chance to highlight your CMB pride. Consider a photo with your instrument, Band Alumni shirt, or your CMB family.

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The 2019 Reunion Weekend will be August 30-31, 2019. The game on Saturday, August 31st is against South Alabama. No game time is set; therefore we do not have a schedule. Expect to see registration open in July 2019.

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Barber is Newell Visiting Scholar at Georgia College

Reprinted with permission from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Carolyn Barber
Dr. Carolyn Barber

Carolyn Barber, the Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Music and Director of Bands in the Glenn Korff School of Music, is the Newell Visiting Scholar this spring at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia.

In addition to her musical training, Barber has developed significant interest and expertise in the creative process as it applies to teaching, learning and the development of artistry.

Barber will teach a course and engage with the campus during the spring semester. Her course, titled “Exercising Creativity: Problem Finding, Flocking, & Aesthetic Intent,” provides students with the techniques and tactics to maximize their creative potential. Core experiences will include multidisciplinary exploration for individuals, in small groups and larger-scale ‘flocking’ exercises rooted in game play. Principal goals are the development of aesthetic intent, mindfulness, question generation and collaborative strategy.

She will also give public presentations on various facets of music and creativity, with special emphasis on what she has called Flock Innovation, or the combination of the creative process with group dynamics. She will teach an interdisciplinary course on creative practice and will, in collaboration with Georgia College students, coach young artists in area schools to develop their creative potential. 

Barber earned her doctor of music in conducting and bachelor of music in horn performance at Northwestern University and her Master’s in horn performance from Yale University. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Band Research, and she is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band reference series.

She has been at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music since 2001.

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A Celebration of Music and Milestone, N 150

Reprinted with permission from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

On Charter Day, Feb. 15, 2019, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a monumental evening of live performance and multimedia entertainment titled, “A Celebration of Music and Milestone, N 150.” At this special event, host Jeff Zeleny, University of Nebraska alumnus (Cornhusker Marching Band alumnus), native Nebraskan and Senior White House Correspondent for CNN, will guide the audience through some of the University’s major accomplishments.

“Our university’s 150th anniversary is an important milestone, and this event is a perfect finale for our Charter Day celebration and opportunity to launch into our next 150 years,” said Chancellor Ronnie Green. “I encourage everyone to attend this special performance and share in an extraordinary evening.”

More than 175 artists unite to perform a program including Wagner’s “Entrance of the Gods,” Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana and N 150-commissioned new works by Nebraska alums David von Kampen and Garrett Hope. Special features include tributes to celebrated alumni Willa Cather, Roxane Gay and Ted Kooser.

Performing ensembles include the Cornhusker Marching Band, UNL Symphony Orchestra, UNL Opera, UNL Dance, Chamber Singers, University Singers and the Varsity Singers. They will be joined throughout the evening by notable Nebraskans, including actress Marg Helgenberger. The production will seamlessly integrate multimedia and projection, music and lighting in an impressive tribute to the University.

“The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is thrilled to showcase our students, faculty, alumni and friends in this special Music and Milestone, N150 event,” said Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Endowed Dean Chuck O’Connor. “We know audiences will enjoy the performances of our ensembles, including the premiere of two, new compositions specially created for this event by our alumni Garrett Hope and David von Kampen. All of the performers at this event deserve the spotlight of the world-class Lied Center stage to showcase their tremendous talents. We are proud to be a part of this important celebration.”

Tickets are $30 and are available at, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. UNL students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard. Children 18 and younger are eligible for half-price tickets. A limited number of free Arts for All tickets for students are available at

For more information on the University’s N150 celebration, including a full schedule of Charter Week events, visit

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