2016 Reunion Halftime Show is Rock Legends

This year’s music for Alumni Band weekend will be a rock legends show! It will be a tribute to those who’ve died in 2016: Glenn Frey (The Eagles), David Bowie and Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire.) Before you ask, there is no Prince music. Since he had no will, the licensing isn’t available. Our tune is “September”. Halftime music, along with fight songs, will be provided via pdf, only to those who have registered. The email with the download link and password will come the weekend of August 19-21. Participants will need to print their own music in advance of the weekend, which is a change from in past years. If you have not yet registered, please do so. The deadline Friday, August 19th. Hope to see you there!

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Band Alumni Shirts Available to Order

NOW AVAILABLE for a short time only!

The Band Alumni Association’s online apparel store is now open from November 10-22 to ensure you receive your shirt before the holidays. Once the store is closed, it’s closed, so don’t wait to order! New this year is a t-shirt and hoodie with the words to Band Song in the shape of Nebraska. Men’s and women’s polos are also available.

Band Song t-shirt, back and front

Band Song t-shirt, back and front

All purchases are between you and ArtFX. The Band Alumni Association is not involved in the purchasing process nor the pick-up/delivery of any merchandise you order. The BAA is not responsible for any part of your purchase.

Shirt options

Shirt options

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2016 Cornhusker Marching Band Exhibition

Friday, August 19, 7:00 PM, Cornhusker Marching Band will perform their pre-game show and demonstrate marching technique in Memorial Stadium. The show is free and open to the public. The stadium gates will open at 6:00 PM. Please enter the stadium through Gate 3 in the southwest corner or Gate 11 in the northwest corner. Parking (at audience expense) is available in the parking garage on the west side of the stadium, any downtown city parking garage, or metered street parking.

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Changes to this year’s reunion!

There are only 3 weeks left to register for this year’s reunion! Reminder: The deadline to register is August 19th. https://nebandalums.org/registration/form/registrant

Due to the late game time, we will not hold our post-game party but will instead host a pre-game luncheon at the Apothecary after our outdoor rehearsal. HyVee will be catering and serving burgers, cole slaw, potato salad, cookies, and pop! $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

The last few years, you all have been so wonderful taking care of UNL’s rental instruments that have dropped the instrument rental fee down to $15 this year! The instruments will still need to be repaired from time to time, which is why we have a fee.

Front line and Flag line members will automatically be charged a $5 fee for the use of the equipment for the day.

Football tickets are still available for $75/each and we do have a block of tickets this year!

We’ll be celebrating 40 years of pep bands at this year’s Friday picnic! Please join us for an evening with friends, band staff, and members of the current UNL pep bands. We’ll also have a delicious dinner catered for $17.50/person! If you would also like to sponsor a band staff or pep band member’s meal, that option is available on the registration form. We’ll hold our annual board meeting at this dinner and will be voting on two board members. If you have photos from a pep band you were involved in, please send them to us!

We hope to see you September 2nd and 3rd at the reunion! Register today!

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State of the Bands Report

The iPads are coming! The iPads are coming! That’s right, we just got word from our friends in Athletics that they are able to fund the initiative on an ongoing basis. Needless to say, the College’s tech team is scrambling to get the first set of sixty up and running in time to issue to the Marching Band leadership team for camp in August. Rose and Jan are racking their brains to devise an inventory management system, and Tony and Doug are freaking out a bit as they reinvent their arranging and drill writing work flows. You can join in the fun too if you will be in Lincoln this month (July). We will be scheduling a day to bring folks together to help unpack the iPads and fit them into their Lifeproof cases. We are working on the principle that many hands will make light work. We’ll send an email blast once we have a date set.

If you remember last year’s report and the wish for a super lyre to hold the iPads, that has become a reality in the last year as well. That’s not to discourage any inventive souls from continuing to tinker. The first version is rather cumbersome but a step in the right direction. The bandwidth issue in Westbrook persists but will not prevent us from getting the most out of the new equipment. It will mean that the students have to be on the ball in terms of preparing for rehearsals in advance, but they should be doing that anyway.

Once again, thanks to our fantastic partners in the Athletic Department, we’re ahead of the game with regard to scheduling. The CMB is excited for you all to join us for the reunion game on September 3, and the band will be headed to Evanston for the September 24 game vs. Northwestern. When we hit the road, the Band’s trailer will be sporting a new wrap with graphics designed by UNL’s communications division. Keep an eye out for the media campaign that will unveil the new look and go behind the scenes on the design and installation process. Also, if it happens to be raining the Band will have the benefit of new insulated raincoats. It took some time to get dye lots that matched the uniform trousers, but we are finally good to go and the new coats should arrive next month.

In other news, the Wind Ensemble performed at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Ames, Iowa last February garnering rave reviews. The concert featured the world premiere of a new composition by Kimberly Archer: Common Threads. The piece was a hit and it came to life thanks to you. The lion’s share of the funding for the project came from the BAA and the Lentz Fund, each supported by donations from our generous alumni. If you would like to hear the webcast of our second performance of the work, go to the Glenn Korff School of Music’s YouTube channel: Glenn Korff School of Music YouTube Channel If you are a fan of UNL Bands, you’ll want to check in with the channel regularly to enjoy webcasts of the Symphonic Band, Campus Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, and many other wonderful groups throughout the year.

Last but not least, our outreach activities are as strong as ever and enrollments are up in both the Cornhusker Summer Marching Band Camp and the UNL Middle School Band Camp. We’re testing out a new schedule configuration with the summer camps and the preliminary indications are all positive. Meanwhile, the Winter Festival remains the state’s premiere honor band experience for high school students and our reach is extending far beyond our borders. The 2016 festival included students from as far away as Virginia and Texas. Fun fact: more than 50% of the students who come for the festival end up enrolling at UNL once they graduate from high school.

As you can see, the bands have been busy and there is no sign of slowing down. You can be proud of your alma mater, proud of the students who are following in your footsteps, and proud of the faculty and staff who are setting the foundations for the next chapter – a chapter we hope you’ll all be a part of. Your BAA board is working tirelessly on your behalf. Help them out by staying in touch and pitching in when you can. That team effort is why there is no place like Nebraska!

Carolyn Barber
Ron & Carol Cope Professor of Music
Director of Bands

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