Officers are appointed by the elected board members to serve an unlimited term. They are re-appointed each year by the board.
Steve Pearson, President since 2001
Alto Sax, 1987-1991
About me now: I’mthe Event Services Manager for the Lied Center for Performing Arts, where I’ve worked since 2010. In my role with the BAA, I’m is in charge of securing venues for our Friday night dinner and post-game party, making catering arrangements for the dinner, arranging speakers for the dinner, and providing leadership on issues throughout the year as directed by the board.
My Band Story: I played in the men’s basketball pep ban from the fall of 1989 to the spring of 1992. I was a member of both the Misty’s and Grandmother’s pep bands. I’m married to fellow band alum Liz Whitney Pearson (Trombone 1987-1989) and we have a daughter, Ava.
Frank Stroup, Vice President since 2018
Favorite show: It’s a tie between a dance show we did in 2010 and a soul/funk show we did in 2013. In the dance show I got to be Beyoncé in the center of 3 people doing the “Single Ladies” Dance! In 2013, we played “When a Man Loves a Woman” in the style of the 1992 Blue Devils, and I got to play the 4 person trumpet soli with some awesome A Rank friends.
My favorite part of game day: I love interacting with all of the fans, especially young band kids who are excited to play in the CMB some day! Play a C#!
Why I serve: I love the tradition that the CMB represents, and I’m happy to have an active role in keeping those traditions alive as well as blazing opportunities for new traditions to be established. Alumni weekends are a neat time when those traditions can intersect and members of all ages intereact. GBR!
Nikki Csipkes, Executive Secretary/General Manager since 2014
Pit Percussion/Drumline, 2000-2004
About me now: I’m teaching in the Papillion La Vista school district. I’ve taught general music and 6-8 grade band. Currently I’m teaching 6th grade beginning band. I’m married with twins.
My band story: I never thought I would be in the CMB, because I was an oboe player and had just played cymbals for one year in high school before becoming drum major. However, the CMB started the pit percussion section my senior year of high school, so I auditioned and made it! I had a blast and stayed in the pit all five year of college, becoming section leader of the pit for the last three years I was there. I even got to play cymbals at the Pitt away game my last year, which was very memorable!
Other fun memories: The Rose Bowl in January 2002- what an experience to fly to California with the band and team and march in the Rose Parade!
Why I serve: I have served in three positions on the BAA board- Recording Secretary, Vice President, and now General Manager. The CMB meant a lot to me in college and I want to ensure that the program continues to thrive so that new members of the CMB can have the best experience possible as well!
Molly Boyd, Recording Secretary since 2011
Alto Sax, 2002-2006
About me now: I work at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. On the board, I record and report minutes for all meetings and help out with events throughout the year.
My band story: My dad and love of music are the reasons I joined the marching band. My dad played alto sax in the marching band and he would always return for Band Alumni Day. I remember going with him to one of those days my senior year in high school, seeing the band on the field, and thinking next year that is going to be me. I did not go to UNL my freshman year, but because they let in students from other colleges back then, I was able to attend Nebraska Wesleyan and audition (and join!) the CMB. I transferred to UNL the following year, and marching band had a lot to do with it. My favorite show was my first one when we played the music of Blood, Sweat, and Tears. I was not familiar with this band, but the music was memorable and fun to play. Marching band was my favorite class, and I met so many new friends because of it. Now dad and I come back every year for Band Alumni Day to play, march, and see old friends.
Why I serve: I currently serve as the recording secretary for the BAA. Having the chance to be a part of and serve something I care about so much helps satisfy my love of music and marching band camaraderie.
Carissa Vinovskis, Treasurer since 2015
Drumline/Front Ensemble, 2011-2014
About me now: A few years after graduating from UNL, I moved to Denver, Colorado to get my master’s degree in Human Anatomy. I now work at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a clinical research coordinator and manage multiple research studies trying to understand how kidney disease develops in kids with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
In my role with the BAA, I manage all the finances of the organization, plan out the annual budget, and make sure that your dues and fees go to supporting University of Nebraska band programs and alumni events!
My band story: My parents are originally from Nebraska, and my mom was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band in the 1980’s and used to tell me all of her marching band stories when I was a kid growing up. I knew I wanted the same college experience, so after finishing high school on the east coast, I moved across the country to attend college at UNL and auditioned for the same band she had played in almost 30 years earlier!! I loved every second of being a member of the CMB, and joined Kappa Kappa Psi my freshman year to continue to serve the University of Nebraska band programs even during the off-season!
Favorite Band Memory: In 2012 we traveled to Michigan for our away game, came back to Lincoln and left a few weeks later for the Big 10 Championship game, came back, performed Highlights concert, and two weeks later left for Florida for the Bowl Game!
Why I Serve: I love serving the Band Alumni Association because the Cornhusker Marching Band contributed so significantly to my time at UNL in the friendships made, lessons learned, and amazing experiences that I had. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that allows me to give back and help continue to serve the University of Nebraska bands, even as an alumna.
Pam Kunzman, Membership Coordinator since 2016
Tenor Sax, 1977-1981
Elizabeth Chase, Historian since 1999
About me now: I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in art history in 1994 and my master’s degree in community and regional planning in 2000 from UNL. I am currently the Executive Director of the Nebraska Main Street Network and have been a part of that organization since 1997. We work with Nebraska communities statewide to create economic vitality in downtown business districts and neighborhoods through historic preservation and by working with small businesses and communities. I am also the Executive Secretary for the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society. We work to preserve and share the legacy and literature of Nebraska Sandhills author, teacher, and historian, Mari Sandoz. I have been a lover of history and architecture since I was a child. To help others preserve their history and share it both professionally and as a volunteer on the BAA Board is rewarding. In my spare time I like to travel, read, and play golf.
My band story: I was involved in numerous ways throughout my time with the CMB. In addition to being a member of the piccolo section, I was a music copyist and music librarian for the marching band, pep bands, wind ensemble and concert band. I also helped with odd jobs in the band office along with several other cohorts. I was also a member and officer in Gamma Lambda.
Favorite memory: Seeing my name on the roster the Sunday of cuts was probably my most vivid memory. It was difficult at the time to grasp the magnitude of making a long-time dream come true. Obviously, the pre-game run on is near the top of the list of memories as well (who doesn’t have that as their #1 memory of being part of the Marching Red?). Another favorite memory of mine was the Fiesta Bowl parade in Phoenix ‘89-’90. Seeing my Arizona family along the route cheering us on. It was special to be able to share my band experience with close family members who live in Phoenix and who would not otherwise have the chance to see me march in Lincoln.
Favorite memory: Seeing my name on the roster the Sunday of cuts. Not believing I was making a long-time dream come true. Obviously the pre-game run on is highly memorable too (who doesn’t have that as their #1 memory of being part of the Marching Red?). Another favorite memory was the Fiesta Bowl parade in Phoenix ‘89-’90 and seeing my family along the route cheering us on. It was special to be able to share my band experience with close family members who live in Phoenix and who would not otherwise have the chance to see me march in Lincoln.
Why I serve: Because I want to give back to something that gave me so much.