Russ Swanson Outstanding Band Member Award & Scholarship
Recipients of this award receive a $100 award, a personal award, and their name on a plaque which is on display at Westbrook Music Building. The 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. In 2020, the award was renamed from “Bandsman” to “Band Member” to bring the award in line with the language used throughout the Nebraska Bands program and up-to-date with practices throughout the B1G Ten.
Jack R. Snider UNL Band Alumni Association Scholarships
Recipients of this award receive $750 to help students manage band-related expenses such as uniform dry cleaning, instrument maintenance, marching shoes and the credit hours required for participation in the band. We have designated that 75% of those scholarships go towards non music-education majors and 25% to music education majors. We will consult with the directors of the band and will be able to grant scholarships to deserving individuals, as well as recruit for sections that need to be filled.