2019 Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Announced at Band Banquet

The 2019 Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award was presented this year to Dan Iverson! Dan was awarded a plaque at the band’s end of season banquet on January 31, 2020. Dan received $100, a personal award, and his name will be on a plaque which is on display at Westbrook Music Building. 

Dan is a trombone player from Rapid City, South Dakota. He is a senior music education major at UNL and is currently student teaching.

Award presentation
From Left to Right: Julie Duensing, BAA Board Member, Dan Iverson, Bob Snider, BAA Development Officer

This award was renamed in 2012 in Russ Swanson’s honor. Russ was a french horn player in the marching band and was a part of the 1941 Rose Bowl Band. He was also a WWII veteran serving on an air bomber crew. He was a charter member of the Band Alumni Association in 1974 and was on the board until a little over a year before he died in 2011. He and his wife were dedicated volunteers for activities of the BAA board.

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Save the Date!

Our Reunion Weekend for 2020 will be September 4-5. The game is a Big Ten game against Purdue. Registration will open the first week in July.

We’ve been working on updated design for the “Band Song” shirt and will be available later.

Based on feedback from you, we are considering revamping how the weekend works. One change is that we will not offer a block of tickets for non-marching alumni or guests. Please check out the many options to procure your tickets without amount limitations on our Football Tickets page under the Reunion Weekend menu.

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Glow Big Red

We are excited to announce that we are supporting the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi during Glow Big Red — 24 Hours of Husker Giving by taking on the role of a fundraising champion. Our fundraising will help KKPsi conduct service projects, provide volunteers, and organize events to benefit the Nebraska Bands at UNL!

Glow Big Red and its 24 Hours of Husker Giving will take place from noon to noon on Feb. 13 and 14. All Huskers, near and far, can participate by lighting your home Husker red, flying your Husker flag, wearing Husker gear and supporting students with a gift to KKPsi. When you contribute $60 or more, you’ll receive an exclusive Glow Big Red stocking hat!

Join our students and give back
Join our students and give back Feb. 13-14, 2020

Glow Big Red — 24 Hours of Husker Giving is a 24-hour giving challenge to celebrate the generosity of our great state, so join the movement by contributing to our fundraiser on February 13 – 14! Check out our fundraising page here: https://glowbigred.unl.edu/p2p/125459/unl-band

Thank you for supporting the UNL Band Alumni and KKPsi!

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Jack R. Snider Scholarships awarded

The Jack R. Snider Scholarship was awarded during the Band Alumni Reunion Weekend on Saturday, August 31, 2019. This year, the recipients are Madeline Kelly and Ashton Malcom.

Pictured from left to right: Steve Pearson, BAA President; Ashton Malcom; Maddy Kelly; and Bob Snider, BAA Development Officer.

Madeline (Maddy) Kelly is a senior in Biochemistry. She is a 2019 Drum Major and plays mellophone. Maddy is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Ashton Malcom is a junior in Elementary Education. She is a member of the piccolo section and the B1G Ten Flag Captain. Ashton is from Kearney, Nebraska.

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.

Congratulations Ashton and Maddy!

If you would like to contribute to the Jack R. Snider Fund which provides the scholarship money, please visit this NU Foundation page.

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Project catalogs Cornhusker Marching Band history

Reprinted with permission by Joan Barnes | University Libraries

The Cornhusker Marching Band and the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries celebrated 140 years of tradition with the unveiling of a new website that highlights the evolution of the band program.

The website [bandhistory.unl.edu] was revealed during an Aug. 30 open house. The site is organized into three sections, featuring the sights and sounds of the band, with images, documents, video and audio; the timeline, which outlines the band’s chronological history and noteworthy events; and in-depth interviews and articles in the stories section. The digitization of close to 60 videos hosted on the website was made possible by band alumnus Gary Steffens, the Band Alumni Association and University Libraries.

The project is a collaboration between the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, Glenn Korff School of Music, and University Archives and Special Collections in University Libraries.

Jessica Dussault, band alumna and programmer in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, developed the website. The project began in 2009, when Dussault was a Husker student in a digital history class. She was required to build a digital project based on an aspect of the university’s history. As a recent member of the marching band, she chose to explore its history and found considerable resources in the University Archives. Her focus then was the early history, when the band was part of the military department.

Years later, Dussault found herself working for the University Libraries, which brought her into contact with the University Archives on a daily basis. A chat with a colleague inspired them to explore boxes of band materials in the archives. Curious about the reels of footage that could not be watched due to their poor condition, Dussault and her colleague tackled the project of digitizing them before they were lost. Through the generosity of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and fellow band history enthusiast Steffens, Dussault and her colleague were able to watch the reels about a year after they started the project.

Encouraged by colleagues and Cornhusker Marching Band Director Tony Falcone, Dussault started to construct the band history website where the digital videos of the reel footage would be hosted. The content and scope of the website grew quickly.

“The University Archives has so many great resources on the band’s history, spread across many collections — the ROTC records, collections of past band directors, University Communication — that it seemed important for the website to try to pull documents and images from them together in one place,” Dussault said.

The website includes more than 200 images, audio from a concert and an early album (both provided by the band program), transcriptions of an interview with a former band director and video of an interview with a current band staff member.

Falcone said people in the band program are excited about the website unveiling and eager for the public’s response.

“Our faculty, staff, students and alumni care a great deal about the long and interesting history of our organization and take great pride in our tradition,” he said.

The plan is to continue to add content over time. The materials to be added next include correspondence and drill charts.

Photos below from the Open House event by Erin Colonna with University Libraries.

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