Band Alumni Reunion Registration OPEN!

This is a reminder that our annual reunion is September 9-10, 2022, and registration is open now until midnight on August 27, 2022.

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The show is titled “A Level Playing Field: 50 Years of Title IX ” and will honor the first five women in the band: Nancy Ringer Gillpatrick, Lilly Coniglio, Pat Stubbendick Holmes, Nancy Wood, and Anne Wood Skjong. We are happy to announce that Nancy and Lilly are attending in person!

The show music is below and links to download “Respect” will be sent to attendees after the registration deadline.

  • Born This Way (Lady Gaga) – CMB
  • Girl Power Megamix (I’m Every Woman, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Express Yourself, Firework)  -CMB
  • Dear Old Nebraska U – Alumni Band
  • Respect (Aretha Franklin) – CMB & Alumni Band
  • Band Song/Hail Varsity! -CMB & Alumni Band

Please visit our website for updates and a list of who is registered to attend. Use the links under the Reunion Weekend menu for details about the event. Keep in mind the schedule is still tentative and may change.

We hope to see you there!

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2022 Reunion Registration Now OPEN!

Registration is open through August 27, 2022. https://nebandalums.org/registration. If you have trouble with the online form, you can get a PDF on our website.

Football Friday

Our Friday night event will be held from 5:30-8 pm outside of Westbrook Music Building on the UNL campus. This event is free to attend, but registration will be helpful. There will be a food truck- Motorfoods (Menu here)- and the BAA will provide bottled water and Pepsi products. We will have a room for our meeting inside WMB in case of inclement weather.

🚗 Reserve a parking space

Parking spaces go quickly and it is highly recommended you reserve a space in advance in one of the area parking garages for the game on Saturday. Visit the City of Lincoln Parking Services webpage at parkandgo.org to reserve a space.

🥪 Optional Boxed Meal available for Saturday. You must have order and pay in advance. Meal includes Meat or Vegetarian Sandwich, Side Pasta Salad or Fruit Salad, Yogurt, Dessert, Extra Snack Item. Bottles of water will be provided by the BAA.

🏈 🎟 Football Tickets

Marching alumni do not need to purchase a football ticket but non-marching alumni and guests must purchase a ticket. You may purchase tickets online or by phone (800-8-BIGRED) from the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. You can also purchase tickets via StubHub, the official ticket reseller of Nebraska Athletics.

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Your help is needed!

Kappa Kappa Psi-Epsilon Omega Chapter is running a fireworks stand in Omaha (14444 West Center Rd. Omaha, NE) to raise funds for the Tyler Butterfield Memorial Scholarship fund, with a scholarship to be awarded in the Spring 2023. KKΨ is asking alumni for help as they cannot cover all the shifts themselves, especially the overnight shifts.

  • Setup begins on Monday, June 27. Shifts are 3 hours and run from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sales shifts begin Tuesday, June 28 and end Monday, July 4. Shifts are approximately 3 hours and are from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Overnight watches are for 3 hours beginning Monday, June 27 through Sunday, July 3. Shifts are for 3 hours and run from 10:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Teardown help is also needed on Monday, July 4 starting at 10:00 p.m. and runs until done.

If you and a friend would like to volunteer for a good cause and to hang out with some pretty awesome band nerds, please go to the sign-up sheet online and type your name in the shift spots available. When working, please wear your Band shirt or Nebraska shirt.

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The Band Letter

Have you wondered the story behind the UNL Band Alumni Association logo? In 2019, we redesigned our logo as a circle, creating unity with our generations while the calligraphy-style “N” honors our past.

University of Nebraska Band Alumni Association, Inc.
UNL BAA Logo

A search through the yearbooks brought up some pictures of the band and of Gamma Lambda. In 1931, the first image of the band sweater was found. The original sweater had the traditional shako hat with a calligraphy-style “N” on it.

Group of men wearing sweaters
Gamma Lambda 1931 from the UNL Yearbook

By 1939, the hat was replaced with just the “N” as the band letter. It appears for many years as a white “N” on red sweaters to a red “N” on white sweaters.

Gamma Lambda 1939 from the UNL Yearbook

By 1940, the “N” became simplified, and the horizontal bars were gone, but the calligraphy-styled “N” was still used. You can view an example of the chenille band letter on display at Westbrook Music Building used during the 1941 Rose Bowl.

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2021 Russ Swanson Outstanding Band Member Awards

Lincoln, NE  — On Friday, April 1, the annual Band Awards were held in person for the first time in two years. KKΨ-Epsilon Omega Chapter hosted the awards with some funding assistance from the UNL Band Alumni Association in one of the sky box suites in Memorial Stadium.

The evening began with the student selected awards, followed by the band program awards presented by Doug Bush. The last awards for the evening, the Russ Swanson Outstanding Band Member Awards, were presented by Board of Directors Julie Duensing and Ranelle Maltas. The recipients receive a plaque, $100 and a life membership in the UNL Band Alumni Association.

Ryan Kimball

Ryan playing mirimba
Ryan Kimball

Ryan graduated in December 2021 with a Bachelor of Music degree focused in percussion performance. They were an active performing member of the UNL Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra as well as Nebraska Steel, Steel PANguins, and the Cornhusker Marching Band. As a marching band member, Ryan stood as drumline section leader and snare drum rank leader for three of their five years in the ensemble. Ryan collaborated heavily with other students at UNL and performed on various student composition recitals, Flyover New Music Series concerts, and non-degree credit performances.

Ryan taught percussion at various high schools in the Lincoln/Omaha area including Gretna High School, where they currently instruct the percussion ensemble. In the fall, Ryan will move to Boulder, Colorado where they will pursue a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Alyssa Soppe

Alyssa playing percussion in marching band
Alyssa Soppe

Alyssa Soppe, from Omaha, Nebraska, has been a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band for five years as a member of the percussion section. She will graduate in May of 2022 with majors in Music Education and Spanish and a minor in Educational Psychology. After graduation, Alyssa plans to pursue a career with an emphasis on relationship-building and working with people.

Why did you choose to attend UNL?

As a high schooler, I was really drawn to UNL because of the wonderful experiences I had participating in All-State and Winter Winds. Through these events, I had several experiences to connect meaningfully with professors. I was confident that I’d be welcome at UNL and have strong, positive relationships with the faculty and staff at the school of music. Being from Omaha made UNL far enough away for independence, but close to home when I needed it. Finally, UNL was admittedly extremely generous in their financial aid offer, which made the decision even easier.

What is the first impression you had of the UNL Band/Game?

My first impression of Husker Football came as a first-year member of the CMB! I had never been to a football game before then, even though I grew up in Nebraska. I remember the first game making my head spin and flying by the seat of my pants to get through everything, but also feeling ridiculously cool. Performing for crowds of 90,000 made me feel like a rockstar! I tried so hard to do everything as perfectly as possible because I wanted to live up to the standards my peers in the ensemble had already set as well as uphold the longstanding traditions that were established long before my time. I knew then that I wouldn’t know what to do as a college student without the CMB.

What is a memorable moment with the CMB you’d like to share?

One of my favorite parts of being in the CMB was doing march down every game. I always thought it was so neat that people came and made a path for us, danced with us, cheered for us, sang Band Song, etc. Being a member and performing was a lot of fun, but the most rewarding part of being in the ensemble for me was always interacting with people as a bandsman. One especially memorable example of this was running through the tunnel walk and high fiving all the kids waiting for the players in the tunnel.

How may the scholarship help you?

I’m extremely honored to receive this scholarship, and I plan to use it to help fund my move into my first house with my partner, Josh!

Pictured from left to right: Professor Doug Bush, Julie Duensing, Ryan Kimball, and Ranelle Maltas
Not pictured: Alyssa Soppe
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