Remembering Dan Michaelson

John “Dan” Michaelson II, 80, of Lincoln, passed away on February 11, 2022. He was born on February 8, 1942, in Lincoln to Eugene and Bernice (Knapp) Michaelson. Dan proudly served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He also proudly called himself the world’s oldest rookie, joining the Cornhusker Marching Band after his military service at age 37.

He was a talented and accomplished musician participating in the Christ UMC Church Brass and Choir, the Community Concert Band, and the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band. While in the United States Navy Dan directed many concert, jazz, and rock bands. His last duty station was as an admin for the Navy Band, where he directed the Sea Chanters Chorus. Dan was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and of the UNL Alumni Band as a participant and served as Treasurer for many years. Dan loved going to Cornhusker home football games with his son, Geoff, who is also a CMB alum. Something special that they got to do together for 35 years.

Marching Band and Navy uniforms
Dan Michaelson Cornhusker Marching Band and Navy Service

Celebration of Life to be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A Street, Lincoln (10). Rev. Richard Randolph, Ph.D officiating.

Read Dan’s full obituary.

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How to have your Glow Big Red donation go further

Glow Big Red begins Wednesday from noon to noon on Feb. 16 to Feb. 17. You We wanted to follow up with you to share ways your support can go even further to benefit our students. All gifts to the UNL Band Alumni Association go towards the Jack R. Snider Scholarships.

  • Scott Washburn: Dollar-for-Dollar Match for UNL Band Alumni Association
    Thanks to Scott Washburn, all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000.
  • Scott Washburn: 50 Donor Challenge – UNL Band Alumni Association
    We’re looking for 50 donors by the end of Glow Big Red to unlock an additional $500.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the Glow Big Red Band Alumni Association page, you will find the challenge information.

How can you show your support during Glow Big Red?

Give: Make a gift of $5 or more to support students and areas of campus close to your heart! Help the NU Foundation reach our campus goal of 4,500 gifts!

Glow: Make your room, home or business GLOW to let your Husker pride shine!

Share: Use the hashtag #GlowBigRed to share your support and Big Red story on social media!

Make a gift of $60 or more, and the NU Foundation will send you a cozy, exclusive Husker blanket!
The perfect companion for a cold winter.

Help us Glow All In!

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Congratulations to the Jack R. Snider Scholarship Winners

The Jack R. Snider Scholarship is awarded to 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.

Troy Scheer

My name is Troy Scheer and I’m from Gretna, NE. I’m in my fourth year here at UNL and I’m studying Nutrition Science with the hopes of attending nursing school in the next year. I was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band all four years at UNL and I was the Section Leader for the K-Rank my Junior and Senior years. If there’s one thing being a member of the CMB has taught me, it is that constant determination and passion will always keep me motivated to reach my goals in life.

Troy Scheer, alto saxophone rank leader
Emma Fuller

I am a senior Elementary Education major. This semester, I am student teaching in a 4th grade classroom. I look forward to continuing my career in the field of education after graduating this spring! I was the 2021 Cornhusker Marching Band Flagline Captain. I loved the opportunity to be on the field again and perform for Husker fans! I benefited greatly from my time in the band by learning leadership skills and time management, and by making lifelong friends. Go Big Red!

Emma Fuller, color guard captain

The Jack R. Snider Freshman Scholarship, created in 2020, is presented to a freshman band member based on the student’s financial need.

Abraham Cervantes Garcia, freshman

Going into University I knew that I wanted to join the Cornhusker Marching Band because I knew that it would greatly enrich my experience. Being a commuter student makes it hard to meet new people on campus so by getting involved I knew that I would be able to meet others with similar interests. Once I made it into the marching band, I found that everyone was very kind and that there was a strong sense of community between members and faculty. Becoming a member of the marching band allowed me to meet and learn from so many people and that is something that I will always be grateful for.

Abraham Cervantes Garcia, clarinet

You can donate any time of year by clicking on the donate button on the right hand side of our home web page or you can go directly to go.unl.edu/sniderfund. Thank you to all who have donated to this fund. You make it possible to give this gift to these deserving students. Congrats to all three winners!

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Glow Big Red is almost here! Will you make the difference?

Glow Big Red — 24 Hours of Husker Giving is almost here – and we are counting on you. All gifts to the UNL Band Alumni Association go towards the Jack R. Snider Scholarships.

From noon to noon on Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, we’re celebrating our campus and the people who make the University of Nebraska–Lincoln a special place by ensuring more students can realize their dreams at Nebraska.

How can you show your support during Glow Big Red?

Give: Make a gift of $5 or more to support students and areas of campus close to your heart! Help the NU Foundation reach our campus goal of 4,500 gifts!

Glow: Make your room, home or business GLOW to let your Husker pride shine!

Share: Use the hashtag #GlowBigRed to share your support and Big Red story on social media!

We know you’ll help us make Glow Big Red a huge success. Make your gift ahead of time at glowbigred.unl.edu and still have it count toward our big day.

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

Mellophones cheering at halftime game

P.S. Make a gift of $60 or more, and the NU Foundation will send you a cozy, exclusive Husker blanket! The perfect companion for a cold winter.

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Band Alumni Reunion Weekend- Register Now!

Registration closed August 21, 2021. Reunion information email was sent out August 28th with the music and schedule.

Football Friday

Our Friday night event will be held in conjunction with the Nebraska Alumni Association’s family-friendly event series at the Wick Alumni Center from 5-7 pm. This event is free to attend, but registration will be required. There will be Valentino’s pizza and Pepsi products for purchase. We will have a room for our meeting. Learn more…

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 parkandgo.org to reserve a space.

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.

We are still making arrangements and will update as we have more information!

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