Benefits of a BAA membership!

To officially belong to the Nebraska Band Alumni Association, you must pay annual dues ($25). Most will pay this at the time they sign up for reunion weekend, but you are welcome to pay dues anytime of the year. Paying dues regularly ensures your membership and voting rights in our organization. Members of the BAA, have one vote on any matter submitted to a vote of the membership during the Annual Business Meeting which is held during the Reunion Weekend. This meeting gives the Board of Directors a chance to update members on various events held throughout the year in support of the University of Nebraska Bands and for current BAA Members.

We also offer life memberships. Dues for this are a one time fee of $500, or it can be made payable in $150 installments over four consecutive years.

If you attend the reunion, there is also a $10 marching fee. This fee covers the cost of the lanyard, name tag, paper/ink, and other materials we would need to provide during reunion weekend.

We are a non-profit organization, and all funds we receive go towards the current marching band! We accept donations anytime of year; there is a “donate now” button to the right of our website/blog.

Registration for our August 30-31, 2019 reunion opens the first week in July!

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Morgan Dennhardt, Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award Recipient 2019

Congratulations to Morgan Dennhardt, is this year’s recipient of the Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award! She is a Music Education major from Grand Island, Nebraska.

While being a part of the Nebraska Bands program, Morgan participated on many instruments in different ensembles. In the Cornhusker Marching Band and Big Red Express she played mellophone and in most concert ensembles she played French horn. She participated in the following ensembles: Symphonic Band, UNL Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Husker Horn Choir. She graduated in May and will be moving to Lafayette, Indiana where she will be teaching elementary music.

Morgan says:
“I would love to share a few of my favorite UNL band experiences! One of the greatest memories I have are from Friday nights while being a part of Misty’s pep band. The feeling of energizing a full house with No Place, Hail, and Hooked on A Feeling was exhilarating, and the burgers and prime rib afterwords were also a college highlight. Speaking of food, I never minded a Big Red Express hot dog while playing for basketball, gymnastics, softball, and our champion volleyball teams. In all seriousness, I had a wide array peak musical experiences in the UNL band program that I will always cherish. From stepping out on the field for my first CMB pregame to playing Maslanka’s Symphony No. 7 with UNL’s Wind Ensemble, I have gathered experiences I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Congrats, Morgan!

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Charter Week & Glow Big Red

It’s Charter Week, and along with it Glow Big Red! Glow Big Red calls on all Huskers (students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends) to show their spirit for the university on February 14.

Glow Big Red

Huskers across the globe are asked to: 

  • LIGHT IT: Red burns brighter. Prove it by lighting up your house or windows with Husker red lights and glow sticks.
  • FLY IT: It might not be game day, but you can wave, spin or toss your Husker flag like it is! 
  • WEAR IT: Wear your favorite Husker apparel (i.e. your Band Alumni shirt), or throw on a pop of red to show your Nebraska pride.
  • GIVE IT: Build the next 150 years of excellence by contributing to your university during its 24 Hours of Husker Giving. You can use the buttons at to give directly to our funds, or you can choose to donate to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Anyone who snaps a photo, video or other digital content and posts it on social media using the hashtag #GlowBigRed showing how they light it, fly it, wear it or give it, will be entered to win N150 prizes from the university. If you don’t use social media, submit your photos to to enter. Entries will be collected from now until Feb. 15. Winners announced on Charter Day. Here is your chance to highlight your CMB pride. Consider a photo with your instrument, Band Alumni shirt, or your CMB family.

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The 2019 Reunion Weekend will be August 30-31, 2019. The game on Saturday, August 31st is against South Alabama. No game time is set; therefore we do not have a schedule. Expect to see registration open in July 2019.

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Barber is Newell Visiting Scholar at Georgia College

Reprinted with permission from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Carolyn Barber
Dr. Carolyn Barber

Carolyn Barber, the Ron and Carol Cope Professor of Music and Director of Bands in the Glenn Korff School of Music, is the Newell Visiting Scholar this spring at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia.

In addition to her musical training, Barber has developed significant interest and expertise in the creative process as it applies to teaching, learning and the development of artistry.

Barber will teach a course and engage with the campus during the spring semester. Her course, titled “Exercising Creativity: Problem Finding, Flocking, & Aesthetic Intent,” provides students with the techniques and tactics to maximize their creative potential. Core experiences will include multidisciplinary exploration for individuals, in small groups and larger-scale ‘flocking’ exercises rooted in game play. Principal goals are the development of aesthetic intent, mindfulness, question generation and collaborative strategy.

She will also give public presentations on various facets of music and creativity, with special emphasis on what she has called Flock Innovation, or the combination of the creative process with group dynamics. She will teach an interdisciplinary course on creative practice and will, in collaboration with Georgia College students, coach young artists in area schools to develop their creative potential. 

Barber earned her doctor of music in conducting and bachelor of music in horn performance at Northwestern University and her Master’s in horn performance from Yale University. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Band Research, and she is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band reference series.

She has been at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music since 2001.

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