Message from Tony Falcone!

Greetings CMB Alumni!

Summer is winding down and our sights are set squarely on the 2017-18 Cornhusker Marching Band season. We have some fun things planned, including our Alumni Reunion Weekend which kicks of the year at our first game on September 2.

Last season started with a bang with five consecutive performance weekends including our full band trip to Northwestern. October and November were a little more sane and featured an exhibition performance at the NSBA State Marching Band Contest Lincoln site at Seacrest Field. Our trip to Nashville for the Music City Bowl was a lot of fun, and for the second year in a row we added a new Bowl to our long and prestigious list. It was a special treat for me when former Director Craig Cornish visited our rehearsal at MacGavock HS in Nashville. It filled up my heart standing in front of the Cornhusker Band with him once more!

I hope you’ll all be able to join us for the Alumni Reunion. The BAA has some cool new things planned, and as always it’ll be a great time catching up with our fellow Bandsmen from across the decades. I have a special remembrance of Mike Veak in mind for our halftime performance (if I can pull it off…) The deadline is fast approaching, so don’t miss out!

Thanks and GO BIG RED!

Tony Falcone

Register before August 20!

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Consider giving a gift!

Thank you to those of you have registered; we are excited for this year’s reunion! Don’t delay- the deadline is August 20th at 11:59 p.m., no exceptions!

Did you know that there are many ways you can contribute to the Cornhusker Marching Band?! One way is to include a donation when you register for reunion weekend. Another way is the “donate now” button to the right of our web page. You can donate any amount, any time!

Last year, the Snider Fund had 108 gifts, totaling $9,260. The Lentz fund had 3 gifts, totaling $645. We were able to work with the University Foundation who helped us send out a mailing asking for additional donations. We were very fortunate to have so many donors! Thank you to all who contributed!

If your employer has a matching fund that will match your donations to a qualified nonprofit organization, then you will be able to magnify your contributions to the Band Alumni Association! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Ask an administrator at your company if they have a matching fund, and if so, how to utilize it.

The Lentz Fund continues to enable us to bring in excellent guest artists like composer Kim Archer. This year, the wind ensemble performed the world premiere of her “Common Threads” at CBDNA. Chal Ragsdale, internationally renowned Percy Grainger specialist, was able to work with the symphonic band while in residence.

In 2016, we were able to present our first Jack R. Snider Band Alumni Association Scholarship to Meghan Coughlin, a current drum major for the CMB. With the generosity of our donors, we are going to be able to award TWO CMB members with scholarships in 2017! Stay tuned for the selection of those recipients right after band camp!

Register and Donate here:

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Register for the 2017 Reunion NOW!

Registration goes live TODAY for the 2017 UNL Band Alumni Reunion!

Make sure to double check all boxes and fields at the end of the registration process! Especially if you are renting a SOM instrument!

Changes for this year include:

*Friday night venue- Blue Blood Brewery! (See previous blog post for details)

*You asked, we listened! Included on this year’s registration is a check box to give your permission to post your name at an attendee of this year’s reunion. We’ll be posting on our site so that you can see which of your friends have registered!

*The “post game party” will be a luncheon between rehearsals, as we held last year, in the Apothecary. See “Game Day Schedule” for more details. We’ll be serving pizza, Runzas, salad, dessert, and a pop!

*If you plan to march on the field (woodwind/brass/flags/drumline/pit), you need to reserve a marching position ($10). First year members get their dues waived, but need to pay the marching position fee.

*If you are unable to march, please reserve a football ticket (you may reserve one for you and one for a guest, if you’d like)!

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New Venue for Alumni weekend Friday picnic!

Registration for the 2017 reunion goes live this weekend! Stay tuned!

There is an exciting new change in store for band alumni attending reunion weekend September 1-2 this fall! We will be moving our Friday night picnic to Blue Blood Brewery located at 925 Robbers Cave Rd in Lincoln, NE, which is off of Nebraska Highway 2, between Pioneers Blvd and Van Dorn Streets.

This exciting new venue will bring us closer to the action, as one of the CMB pep bands plays two sets at Blue Blood every Friday night before home games at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Alumni attending the Friday dinner will have “front stage” access to the brewery floor for the pep band set at 8:30 p.m.

The dinner will include a buffet of hamburgers, brats, potato salad, baked beans, and cookie/brownie. The cost of the dinner will be $15; soda will be available for $1 and beer for $5 at the bar. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and food will be available at 5:45 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., we will hold our annual business meeting and hear from the band staff, as they update us on the band program and upcoming season!

Parking will be available in the brewery’s parking lot, the UHaul lot next door, or the parking lot at Van Dorn Park, located to the north of the brewery. Golf carts driven by the brewery staff will be available to pick you up if you do end up parking farther than you wished to, although none of the parking is too far away from the building itself.

All ages are welcome at the picnic! You must preregister as space is somewhat limited. Registration for this event will be included on the registration page, and the link will be available this weekend!

We hope you are able to join us this year!


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Celebration of Mike Veak’s Life

You are invited to an Open House to celebrate the life of Mike Veak, aged 74 years, 3 months and 1 day.

Saturday July 1st, 2017 from 1-4pm
Wick Alumni Center
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Campus
1520 R Street, Lincoln NE 68508

Parking Available:
University Lutheran Chapel *complimentary
1510 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68508
17th & R Parking Garage
300 N 17th St, Lincoln, NE 68588
Larson Building Parking Garage
1317 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Thank you for being such an important part in Mike’s Life!

Becky, Deb & Dick, Jaime, Jaden & Nevaeh (shared with family permission)

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