Band Hall Fund- we need YOU to reach the goal!

New music building under construction for the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. October 19, 2023.
Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communication.

We still need approx. $6,000 to reach the final fundraising goal, so any amount you can send is greatly appreciated! Please read below to find out what your contribution will go towards.

Contributing is easy via the University of Nebraska Foundation website for the Jack and Mary Alice (Petie) Snider Fund. Just click the GIVE NOW button.

The Nebraska Bands Program has been at the forefront of performance and pedagogy for more than 140 years. We look forward to a new rehearsal space with technology that will enable us to:

  • Link sections of the Cornhusker Marching Band who are now rehearsing in various spaces to enable full ensemble preparation while indoors.
  • Share cutting edge rehearsal techniques from our Ensemble Performance Lab with partner ensembles nationwide.
  • Engage in virtual side-by-side coaching with young bands that cannot afford a trip to the Lincoln campus.
  • Collaborate with composers worldwide to prepare and premiere new works.
  • Engage guest artists remotely to share their expertise with our students.
  • Capture the work of conducting students and enable concurrent voice-over coaching on video.
A mock-up of the future Westbrook Music Building.
A mock-up of the future Westbrook Music Building.

The rebuilding of Westbrook Music Building will include a state-of-the-art band rehearsal hall. Jack and Mary Alice Snider left a sizeable amount at the University of Nebraska Foundation earmarked for “costs associated with constructing and equipping the ‘Lentz-Snider’ Hall, Glenn Korff School of Music, Hixson Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.” We need your help to complete the project!

This is a very exciting project that goes way beyond buying chairs and music stands. PLEASE SHARE with other band alumni, friends, family, fans, etc. Remember to ask your employer for a contribution match!

Click the GIVE NOW button when you visit this link: Jack and Mary Alice (Petie) Snider Fund OR if you prefer to go ‘old school,’ you can send a check to:

Jack and Mary Alice (Petie) Snider Fund #01074861
℅ University of Nebraska Foundation
1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508

Thank you for your consideration!

2023 Band Alumni Reunion Registration OPEN!

We were given the Louisiana Tech game on Saturday, Sept 23rd! We were told that we will not know the game time until 6-12 days before, but we hope you will be able to join us for a day of fun!

Here is the form for registering online (you can also print a PDF if you need to mail it in!):

Please check the Reunion weekend tab on our website for TONS more info:

New this year- you can add tickets to the Blues Brothers concert at the Lied Center, happening Friday, Sept 22 (the evening before the game)! Tickets MUST be purchased through the registration page and by July 15th!

We are also fundraising for the new band hall! The BAA would LOVE to match your donations up to $6000! Donate to “Other Projects” on the registration page so your donation is matched so our goal of the BAA raising the final $12,000 to complete the project is met!

All registrations for the reunion are due by midnight on Friday, Sept 1– no exceptions- don’t miss out!

Russ Swanson Outstanding Band Member Award Announced

The 2022 Russ Swanson Outstanding Band Member Award was announced February 10, 2023 at the Band Banquet, held at Memorial Stadium. The band department chooses one recipient, and our Band Alumni Association awards this person a plaque and cash award. This year’s commemorative award was made by band alumnus Nathan Nelson of Rooted Woodworking. Julie Duensing and Ranelle Maltas represented the BAA and were able to speak with the current band members about the BAA and what we do. Congratulations to all CMB members for a great season!

Katherine Schmit is a senior music education major with an emphasis in trumpet at UNL. During her time at UNL, she has been a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Orchestra. As a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, Katherine served as a trumpet rank leader and drum major. She is a member of the Epsilon Omega chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and served two years as Vice President for Membership.

Katherine is a co-founder of Quintessential Brass, a student-led brass quintet which has been playing together for the past four years. She is also a member of UNL’s Teacher Scholars Academy. Katherine was recently named Outstanding Undergraduate Artist/Scholar for the Glenn Korff School of Music and will receive the Student Leadership Award for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts in May.

Outside of school, Katherine loves teaching trumpet lessons and hopes to grow her studio in the future. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in trumpet performance and continue her career as a performer and teacher.

CMB Exhibition Friday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the Pride of all Nebraska in Exhibition at Memorial Stadium on Friday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m. Enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 3 (SW corner) and Gate 11 (NW corner). Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

The Band Alumni Association will have a block of seats reserved if you’d like to sit with some other alums! Look for signs!

ALSO, the band is going to be having PENNY WARS! Each section will have a jar for collecting coins (or bills!) The section collecting the most money will not have to clean up after one of the games this season. It is a great way to show your support for the CMB students and a fun way to see your section win!

Money collected by KKΨ-EΩ chapter will be used for social events and service projects.

2022 Reunion Registration Now OPEN!

Registration is open through August 27, 2022. [–link removed–]

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 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.