Remembering Chris Werner

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Chris Werner, who lost his two-year battle with esophageal cancer on December 8, 2016. He was 40 years old.

Chris Werner

Chris Werner

Prior to joining Lakeland University’s faculty in 2013 as assistant professor of music and band director, Werner served as instrumental music teacher and music department chair at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School. He was conductor of the Central Wind Ensemble, pep band, Grand Central Station Show Band and instructor of music theory.

Werner received his Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2005 where he was also a graduate assistant with UNL Bands. He has the distinction of being the first University of Nebraska DMA recipient of the Wind Conducting degree and also the first Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts F. Pace Woods Scholar in Music. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master of music degree in wind conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Werner often returned to UNL to be a clinician at the UNL Middle School Band Camp. His last visited in July 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM. Cremainal interment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. More information is available here.

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Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert

It’s show time as the Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert returns to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on December 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Come experience the sights and sounds of the Pride of all Nebraska as they perform halftime shows from the 2016 season, their Pregame Spectacular and much more!

Photos of 2016 Cornhusker Marching Band

Photos by Rose Johnson/Glenn Korff School of Music and UNL Bands

Following the concert, the UNL Band Alumni Association, Inc. is hosting a reception for current and alumni members of the Cornhusker Marching Band. Please stop by and congratulation the CMB on a fantastic season.

Ticket information:
Adults $20
Students/Seniors $10
Tickets are on sale through the Lied Center Box office, 402-472-4747.

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Merchandise Opportunity!

Hello Band Alumni!

My name Is Joey Regan and I am the treasurer for Kappa Kappa Psi. Every year, we do a band clothing fundraiser, so if you’ve been wanting to get your band clothing items this year, now is your chance! The website to access the order is located at the end of this post. The first round will be from today, September 14 through this Friday, September 16. You will get another chance in a few weeks to order again. There are many items for current members, alumni, and there are more options for parents this year, so be sure to share it with your friends and family! The women’s band jackets are back this year as well as a car decal. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me at Thanks!

**PS: We ask that the marching band jackets are limited to current and former CMB members, so if you are not or have not been a member, please do not purchase one.

Band Clothing Website:



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2016 Reunion Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Band Alumni Reunion Weekend! We hope that everyone had a great time, and that even more will attend next year! If you missed this year’s reunion, you missed meeting the recipient of the first Jack R. Snider UNL Band Alumni Association Scholarship, but you can read about it below. Thanks again to all band alums for a great reunion weekend!

Drum major Meghan Coughlin is the first recipient of the Jack R. Snider UNL Band Alumni Association Scholarship. Meghan is a criminology and criminal justice major from Omaha who joined the Cornhusker Marching Band following her positive experience in the marching band at Millard North High School.

The Jack R. Snider UNL Band Alumni Association Scholarship will help Meghan, and future students like her, manage band-related expenses such as uniform dry cleaning, instrument maintenance, marching shoes and the credit hours required for participation in the band. Music majors and non-music majors are eligible for this scholarship.

Your donation to this fund will reward an exceptional band student each year and restate your support of The Pride of All Nebraska. Please make your donation to the Jack R. Snider UNL Band Alumni Association Fund today. (See DONATE NOW button to the right of the screen!)

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Meghan Coughlin receiving her award with Bob Snider (left) and Steve Pearson, BAA President (right)

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