Board Members serve a three year term and are elected by the membership at the annual meeting the Friday night of our reunion weekend.
Tenor Sax, Snare Drum, head Drum Major 1969-1973
About me now: After teaching band for 11 years in southwest Iowa, I got a chance to move to the business side of the school band world, and since then I’ve logged about 2 million miles seeing my band directors every week. I manage the music store in Creston, Iowa where I live with my wife, Sue. We have two children and two grandsons not far away. I’m very active in music at church, still playing the same tenor sax in our praise band as I did in the CMB!
My band story: I showed up for auditions as a freshman music major with one broken finger in a splint, but Jack Snider let me in anyway! In my junior year, I moved to the drum line when a late vacancy opened in the snare drum section. I must not have been very good, because the next spring, Jack suggested that I audition for drum major.
Favorite Memories: Watching the 1970-71 National Championship seasons unfold right in front of our eyes! Traveling with the band to the 1971 “Game of the Century” in Norman, OK, as well as all the other Big 8 stadiums!
Fun Fact: I lived in all-male Abel Hall for all four years, and seeing Johnny Rodgers coming down the hall to the showers with only a towel over his shoulder was quite a sight!
Why I serve: I was privileged to be one of “Jack’s Boys”, the 180-member all-male band led by the late Jack Snider. I hope future generations get as much out of band as I did, and I’m privileged to work with the BAA Board to help support the current UNL Bands!
Alto Sax, 1986-1990
About Me Now: I teach 5th grade band at Cavett Elementary and assist with 6th grade lessons/band at Scott Middle School. My daughter Jessie is in her 2nd year in the CMB and my son is an aspiring chef at The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge. When I am teaching or spending time with my kids, I am at home with my dog Jazz. When I retire, I would like to volunteer to travel and rescue dogs.
Favorite memory: All of the beautiful and fun places we were able to travel to, doing what we love to do! Bonus: WITH 200+ of our friends!
Why I serve: This has evolved over the years. At the beginning, it was because I simply loved the band and its people. As I continued to age, I enjoyed hearing the stories of the older generations and the younger kids that came into the fold. Now….this year with Jessie being in CMB, I want to serve as part of my legacy to her and her future generations.
Favorite show: the Swing show my freshman year. We performed it at the Fiesta Bowl, too.
Favorite memory #1: Standing on the field at attention during band camp and realizing the people around me cared as much about marching band as I did. I found my “people.” They are still some of my best friends today. I also met and married my best friend, Bill Maltas (alto sax). We have two boys, Ian and Zane. Ian plays trombone for the CMB and is one of the 2021 Drum Majors.
Favorite memory #2: Looking out into the stadium from the tunnel that first game. It was my first Husker game ever. It was awe-inspiring.
Why I serve: I serve on the Board because I believe we are continuing to build life-long memories and friendships for the current band and our alumni. I got so much from being a member of the band, I want to give back. I have made many new friends from being on the Board with different people and have gotten to know many other new alumni from different eras.
About me now: I am married to Cody Thomas, another former CMB drumline member. We have two children who also love to listen to CMB music. I work as a physical therapist assistant at Tabitha Health and specialize in outpatient rehabilitation. I’m a BAA board member and I help wherever needed for the planning and execution of our annual reunion as well as other promotion activities for the CMB.
My band story: I came to the CMB exhibition performances as a high school student and remember thinking, “I have to be in this band!” I was in the pit percussion for two years and played cymbals for three years. I was fortunate enough to get to play with my best friend in the pit, and later I met my future husband in the drumline. The CMB is one of the highlights of my college experience.
Favorite shows: My first show, “The Fiddler on the Roof” in 2000, will always be a great memory. It was amazing to perform such fun music in front of an excited stadium of fans. I’ll also always remember the first show we performed after September 11, 2001. The game was rescheduled for a Thursday night and we performed beautiful versions of “Amazing Grace” and “God Bless the USA.” The crowd was so quiet throughout our entire performance but they erupted into a standing ovation when we finished. It was incredible.
Why I serve: Marching band was so important to me while I was in college and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I hope to help CMB alumni stay connected, relive memories, and form new memories by performing again with the current band.
About me now: I currently work as the front of house manager at a local bakery and coffee shop in West Omaha called Whisk + Measure. I love working there and can’t imagine being anywhere else! For a little something extra, I also do in-home dog and cat sitting for folks when they travel out of town. I try to help gain more followers on our social media and do whatever else I can to help the board.
My band story: I started with the CMB and BRE my freshman year. A couple of the piccolos on the leadership team my freshman year were part of the KKPsi leadership and recruited me later that year. My Junior year I went on to be a rank leader and my Senior and “Super-Senior” years I was the Piccolo section leader. Since 99% of my extra-curricular activities were band-related in college, sometimes I wonder what in the world I would have done had I not been lucky enough to be involved in band.
Favorite Memories: The first double-time & strut onto the field & that first turn where I looked up into the stands to play and there were 90,000 people standing and watching and cheering! The Hail-Mary catch against Northwestern is still one of my favorite sports-ball moments to have experienced. Almost every experience traveling with the band stands out. Too many memories with dear friends from band to narrow down.
Why I Serve: Serving the UNL bands as a member of Kappa Kappa Psi brought me great joy and close friendships and I hope that I can continue to serve the current students by doing my part on the band alumni board.