Remembering David Salyards

Salyards, David P. Jul 8, 1955 – Apr 22, 2017 Of Omaha. David Peter Salyards, 61, passed away April 22 following a short illness. A fourth-generation Nebraskan and lifelong resident of Omaha, Dave was born July 8, 1955, to Harry E. Salyards Sr. and Margaret E. (Skow) Salyards. He was a 1973 graduate of Benson High School and a 1978 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his particular passion was music. A proud member of the Cornhusker Marching Band, he participated in a variety of other music ensembles. Indeed, music became his lifelong avocation; he was arranging a number of original works for keyboard, guitar, percussion and strings at the time of his untimely passing.

VISITATION: Wednesday, 5-7pm; FUNERAL SERVICE: 1:30pm Thursday, at Roeder Mortuary. Memorials may be given to the Jack and Mary Alice Snider Fund, c/o the University of Nebraska Foundation. ROEDER MORTUARY-108th St. Chapel 2727 North 108th St. 402-496-9000

Read his entire obituary from the Omaha World-Herald.

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Band Alumni Association Charter Member, Rob Clements, fills Legislative Seat

Elmwood banker Rob Clements is the governor’s pick to fill the southeast Nebraska legislative seat left open with the resignation of Bill Kintner of Papillion.

In choosing Clements, Gov. Pete Ricketts bypassed a list of 35 formal applicants in favor of a man he called the “right person” for the job.

Clements was sworn in by Nebraska Chief Justice Mike Heavican immediately after Ricketts announced his appointment during a Monday afternoon press conference at the Capitol.

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2017 Reunion Date Set

The Band Alumni Association, Inc.’s reunion weekend will be September 1-2, 2017. The game on Saturday is UNL vs. Arkansas State. More information will be provided as it becomes available later this year.

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Jan Deaton to Receive Certificate of Recognition

Band Office Associate Jan Deaton will be presented the Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students at a reception on Friday, February 3 in the Centennial Room. The recognition is through the Division of Student Affairs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and the Parents Association. The recognition is for a faculty or staff member who has made a significant contribution to the lives of a student while at the university.

Original article appeared on the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Glenn Korff School of Music blog.

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2016 Russ Swanson Outstanding Bandsman Award Presented

The Cornhusker Marching Band held their annual banquet at the Cornhusker Hotel the evening of Saturday, January 14th. Tom Kallman, UNL Band Alumni Association Vice President was in attendance to present the award and give a short speech about our organization.

The 2016 award went to Emily Hoffman. Emily is a Senior Music Education Major (flute) from Beatrice. Along with serving as Drum Major for the past two seasons, she’s been a member of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. She’ll be student teaching in the spring. Congrats, Emily!

image2The 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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