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.
“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.”