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.

Support Glow Big Red — 24 Hours of Husker Giving

Glow Big Red. February 15-16, 2023

We’re gearing up to celebrate the fifth annual Glow Big Red! On Feb. 15-16 from noon to noon (central time), we’re celebrating 24 Hours of Husker Giving — and we’re counting on you! Our fundraising will specifically support the Jack R. Snider UNL Band Alumni Association Scholarships.

The Jack R. Snider Scholarship is awarded to current members of the Cornhusker Marching Band who are non-music majors. Recipients demonstrate leadership (formal or informal), volunteerism and integrity. They are a role model for their section and the band and exemplify what it means to be the Pride of All Nebraska.

Last year, we received 23 gifts totaling $2,550 and made a big difference! Check out a few impact stories from previous scholarship recipients.

You’ll uplift Husker students and make a meaningful impact in their lives when you:

  • Give: Join your fellow Huskers by making a gift of $5 or more!
  • Share: Share your Husker pride on social media, using the hashtag #GlowBigRed; and
  • Glow: Light up your room, home, or business to let your Husker pride shine.

We’ve set an ambitious goal of $4,000 and we’re confident we’ll meet this goal together! Thanks to band alum, Scott Washburn, all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000. Make your gift ahead of time at and still have it count toward our big day.

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Let’s Glow All In for Glow Big Red, Huskers!

P.S. Make a gift of $60 or more by noon (central time), on Feb. 16 and the NU Foundation send you a reversible Husker bucket hat! Perfect to wear with your alumni uniform for the Reunion Weekend.

Jack Snider Scholarship Recipients Announced

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Anna Gullett

Anna Gullett is a junior from Bellevue, Nebraska with a major in Mathematics and minor in Statistics. Over her past two years at UNL, Anna has been a part of numerous clubs and activities including Math Motivators, Actuarial Science Club, and the Cornhusker Marching Band. As a junior marching band member, she is in her first year on the leadership team.

In addition to her on-campus activities, Anna also teaches the front ensemble at Bellevue West High School. Over the years, she has performed with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps as well as the Blue Devils. In spring of 2023, Anna will move to San Jose, California where she will perform with RCC Indoor Percussion, study remotely, and teach various ensembles in the area. After graduation, Anna hopes to pursue a career in data analysis. 

Brynn Boes plays percussion and is a junior in Biological Sciences from Gretna, Nebraska.

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Peter Lux

Peter Lux is a freshman from Blair, Nebraska with a major in Mechanical Engineering. Peter began playing trumpet since he was seven years old. While attending Blair High School, Peter was a member of the show choir, concert, jazz, and marching bands. He also played in the

pit orchestra for his school’s musical. Peter is proud to have made all state four times and have been awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz award in high school. Peter is a member of the hall of fame for Musical Distinction.

Peter joined the CMB because he really enjoys playing the trumpet and thought that he may have had to give it up otherwise. By majoring in Mechanical Engineering, he doesn’t have much time to practice his instrument or play in other bands, that is why he’s so grateful to be a part of the CMB. It allows him to not only to keep playing but connect with a group of people whom he may have otherwise never known.

“My experience with the CMB so far has been extremely positive and fulfilling. Performing in front of a crowd of thousands of people is both exhilarating and enjoyable at the same time. Quite frankly even my first time performing on the Memorial Stadium Field I never felt nervous or anxious in the slightest. I would say this is due in part to the fact that the Nebraska fans are always so supportive of the band and excited to see it.”

Peter Lux

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.