Band and Alumni Apparel Store Open

https://stores.inksoft.com/cmb_apparel

The store can only remain open from September 18-25, 2020, to make best use of the resources by our vendor. This ensures we can offer the lowest price possible. There will be a second round (sometime in October) that may have some additional options.

Just a reminder that the CMB and BAA will not handle any items due to COVID, so shipping is the only option for distribution right now.

Band Song is on the back of each shirt

All purchases are between you and the vendor. This store is managed by the students. You can direct questions to Ethan Millington at millington.ethan@gmail.com. The Band Office and 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.

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Virtual Band Alumni Meeting

While our reunion may be postponed until 2021, we are still actively working to support the Nebraska Bands program. 

The membership registration is now open for 2020-21. This will allow you to pay your dues to continue as a current BAA member, as well as have the opportunity to donate to our funds. The Snider Fund will support not two, but THREE band members this fall! The Lentz Fund will continue to enrich the learning of band students by commissioning new works and possibly bringing in guest composers and/or conductors. Your dues go into our general fund, which covers funding for the band awards ceremony, technology for drill writing, and so much more! Here is the link: https://nebandalums.org/dues_donations/

As per our by-laws, we will be holding our annual general membership meeting for those wishing to attend on Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., C.D.T. via zoom. The link will be sent to current members (those who have paid their dues since the last reunion). Life members who would like to attend the meeting, please email us at info@nebandalums.org to receive the link to the meeting if you do not receive it by the end of August. 

At this meeting, you will be updated on the current affairs of the BAA, you will hear a band department report from Dr. Barber, and will receive updates on our scholarship funds. We also have three board members up for re-election: Chuck Teutsch, Ranelle Maltas and Amy Pettit. All are hoping to serve again, but we will also accept new nominations.

Please consider paying annual dues https://nebandalums.org/dues_donations/
and/or contributing to one of our funds (https://go.unl.edu/sniderfund or https://go.unl.edu/lentzfund).

Again, the best way to stay connected to the BAA is by entering your email into the blog and/or following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@nebandlums). 

Thank you! 

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Remembering Jeremy Blomstedt

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our alumnus, Jeremy Blomstedt, on August 5, 2020, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. Jeremy was, until recently, the Equipment and Technology Associate for the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts and Digital Arts Initiative, where he had worked since 2018. He was also a talented actor and filmmaker. He recently starred in the Nebraska Repertory Theatre production of “Mother Courage.” Jeremy was a graduate of the Carson School, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in performance in 2017.

Jeremy Blomstedt
Jeremy Blomstedt

Jeremy and his brother, Matt (Nebraska Education Commissioner) are both band alumni.

A visitation and rosary (limited to invited family and friends) will be held on August 28th in Palisade at the Holy Family Catholic Church, where Jeremy and Amy were married.

A memorial Mass will be held in McCook, Nebraska on August 29, 2020 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, where Jeremy was baptized. Given possible concerns about coronavirus transmission, services may be limited in attendance based on any necessary restrictions by local health officials or church requirements.

You can read Jeremy’s full obituary, share your memories and contribute to assist with funeral expenses at https://everloved.com/life-of/jeremy-blomstedt/obituary/.

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Jack Snider Day

Today (July 24) would have been Jack’s 99th birthday! 

Jack Snider
Jack Snider

One way we’re celebrating is by announcing a 3rd scholarship: “The Jack R. Snider Freshman Band Scholarship”. This will be in the amount of $750.00 based on a student’s financial need.  And, thanks to your donations, we have also been able to increase the two established marching band awards to $750.00 each.

However, we need your help to keep these scholarships supported through your continued generosity. 

Please take a moment or two and make a donation. Any amount is welcomed and appreciated. But, if you need some help deciding on an amount, consider one of the following “suggestions”:

7/24/1921 The day Jack was born…so $7.00, $24.00 or $19.00 or $21.00 (or $1,921…)
1952Jack started teaching at UNL…. $52.00
1961Jack began leading the UNL: Marching Band…$61.00
1962Jack took the marching band to the Gotham Bowl…$62.00
1963Jack’s first of many Orange bowl appearances…$63.00
1972The band goes “co-ed” …. $72.00
1973Orange Bowl Sousa show, featuring a 60-yard-long American Flag, the first of this size on a football field… $73.00
1974Jack took the band to Europe…$74.00
2020Jack would have been 99 today…$99.00
Please make a gift to support Nebraska band students today!.

It’s very simple: go to go.unl.edu/sniderfund and click the GIVE NOW button.

Thank you! 

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2020 Band Alumni Reunion Update

Fellow Alums,

The UNL BAA board made the decision that we should cancel our reunion plans for the fall of 2020. With so much of this college football and marching band season up in the air, we believe that the best course of action is to postpone until 2021. This decision is being made for the safety of our fellow alums as well as the recognition that plans for social distancing may make it hard for both Westbrook and Memorial stadium to accommodate our group at the present time. If perchance the football season is moved to Spring of 2021, we will explore our opportunity to reschedule to a game in that time frame. Otherwise, we hope to be with you again in the Fall of 2021.  

Please remember that the BAA is a membership organization, and we will still be running a membership campaign in late summer or early fall.  Dues and donations collected during that campaign will be used for our expanded scholarship program for current Cornhusker Marching Band members. If the Cornhusker Marching Band is able to participate in the football season, they may have additional needs for our support which your donations will also help us fund.

Please stay safe, and we will look forward to gathering together in 2021. 

Go Big Red!

Steve Pearson
President, Band Alumni Association, Inc.

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