The Morrill Act, through which the University of Nebraska was created, stipulated that land grant institutions must support " Ina new commandant, Lt. Isaac T. Webster, took over the cadets. At the time, the cadets were accompanied only by, as colorfully depicted by the yearbook, "the unreliable 'yip, yip' of some awkward scrub in the ranks, accompanied by deafening wails from a broken-voiced flute. Webster called for volunteers to create a band and offered those who would take on the extra duty something very valuable -- free uniforms.
The enthusiasm of the new cadet band may have exceeded their musical experience, however. The yearbook notes that "Prominent Lincolnites collected two hundred dollars, purchased a set of handsome gray uniforms and presented them to the band on condition that the donors would never be required to listen to any of its music. Peterson, H. The young band was also enthusiastic, and the university paper, The Hesperian Student, reported that "The Cadet Band set all a roaring by coming on the scene in sober black suits, white ties and gloves and the tallest of 'stove-pipe' hats.
It was noted that Frank played baritone, "and excellently, too. The Cadet Band joined with Crete's band to lead the excited students from the train station to the ball grounds, where, despite the students' best efforts to cheer on the team, Doane won 32 to The multi-month event drew attendees from near and far, including President McKinley.
The Omaha Daily Bee notes that Cadets marched Face Of Christmas - Serah - Love Of Christmas the opening 2 mile parade dressed in "blue coats and white duck trousers. Louis World's Fair. The Cadets had arranged early in to make their annual encampment at the fairgrounds, similar to their experience at the much closer Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. The University sponsored a decorated train to take students to the exhibition.
Insweeping changes to the military department were taking place due to the Great War. In the midst of this, William T. Quick, affectionately known as "Billy", took over direction of the band.
Quick would remain the band's director untilthe longest stretch of time in the band's history up until that point. During his tenure, the Blue Moon On The Rise - Clare Teal - Nice Work grew in size and popularity while continuing to be part of the military.
A century later, Quick's reputation for kindness remains a Round Midnight - Robert Wyatt - 1982-1984 of his legacy. His successor, Donald Lentz, said of Quick "He was just the finest person you had ever met. Loved by his music students and band members, Quick returned the sentiment upon his retirement, remarking to The Daily Nebraskan about the band: " I love the work no matter how they play.
I'll direct them until I die. November 1st,"The March King" John Philip Sousa and his band paid a visit to Musicology - Various - May 2004 Part 2, Nebraska for two much anticipated concerts on the newly updated Coliseum stage.
His visit became a large event for the city of Lincoln. Over a dozen high school bands came to town for "band day" and paraded through the streets. The lucky bands took part in both concerts, "formed into one huge organization and directed by Sousa himself. An estimated 5, people attended the two concerts to hear Sousa's band and the other participants in "band day. The legacy of Sousa's visit still endures today. During his visit, Sousa presented the R.
In March ofthe band got a little bigger through the addition of "Big Bertha," a five foot drum. Bertha was joined by two lyres and decorated trumpets, part of a move that John K.
Selleck noted in The Daily Nebraskan made the university "the only school in the Big Six that can boast of having such extensive equipment.
During Don Lentz's time as marching band director, Big Bertha and the World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection instruments fell out of use. It was not until that Big Bertha returned to aid the introduction of band twirler Joyce Burns. By the end of the s the military garb of the marching band was beginning to detract from the band's performances. After a subset of the band traveled to West Point ina local paper compared their looks to "messenger boys," a comment that The Daily Nebraskan rebutted by saying the author "probably meant that the boys looked quite dashing for the messenger boys are quite a dashing lot.
InThe Daily Nebraskan published a scathing article comparing the "dull and colorless gray" Nebraska band with the "glittering" dress of the visiting University of Kansas band. By earlyspurred by the Kansas visit, it was announced that the military department would be purchasing new scarlet and cream uniforms.
The band's director, Billy Quick, agreed: "They play better now that they have good looking suits. When beloved director Billy Quick fell ill in the fall ofnew hire Donald Lentz took over marching band duties.
He could not have foreseen that he would continue as the marching band director for more than twenty years, and Director of Bands until During his time with the band, the group grew in size, became a civilian organization rather than a military one, undertook creative drill formations, marched Obsidian - Cirith Ungol - Servants Of Chaos the Rose Bowl and parade, weathered World War II, and added songs to the band's repertoire.
Lentz made the musicality of the group his highest priority. For Lentz, this emphasis meant rejecting trends of other programs at the time, such as the addition of twirlers and dance teams. Lentz was known nationally for formalizing "Band Day" as a monumentally large World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection for high school band members.
He was also recognized for his study of Asian cultures and history. He traveled frequently to the continent, collecting art and instruments and researching musicology. Lentz Memorial Band Fund. On a blustery, snowy day inthe first official Band Day for high school bands took place in Lincoln, Nebraska. At its peak, Band Day would draw 3, students from 60 high schools across the state for a full day with a parade, football game, and massive on-field formations with dozens of other high school bands.
Within a decade, Band Day was an annual event with participants ranging from Nebraska and Iowa high school bands to municipal and company bands. An advertisement in claimed about the "music spectacle," that there would be a parade "through the downtown district, followed by a mass concert of hundreds of musicians in the stadium. Lentz's rationale for this change was to improve band member recruitment and to build " Early in its history, the massive scale of Band Day was one of its most appreciated qualities.
Begun by John Selleck in the midst of the Great Depression, Band Day filled seats in a relatively new stadium desperately in need of an audience. A few years later during World War II, Band Day's size and popularity drew another needed audience despite higher expenses and rations. Don Lentz said in a interview that "the only thing that saved the Athletic Department was that Band Day. The sheer size of Band Day was ultimately its downfall.
Byas rising demand for seats and enhancements to the stadium made it difficult to host so many students even once a year. In the decades following the war, the Athletic Department's support for Band Day began to decline and its activities restricted. In a fiery letter to Nebraska State Bandmaster's Association members inGeorge Meredith predicted the end of the event: "We are witnessing, here in World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection , the death throes of the oldest and finest institution of its type in the nation - that being the University of Nebraska Band Day.
Commencing this fall, the assembled bands will no longer be allowed to march on the field during half-time of the Band Day game Make no mistake, Band Day has been pushed off the field - soon it will find itself out of the stadium as well.
After weeks of uncertainty, the band was going to The Rose Bowl! As Don Lentz recalls in a later interview, such sightseeing was part of a requirement that the band's travel be "an educational trip. On top of the expected challenges of traveling with a large group and performing in a series of events, the day the band left Lincoln Don Lentz received word that ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Performers, was declaring a strike which would "go info effect on January 1st," Don Lentz recalled in Pride of the Cornhuskers.
Lentz recalls "It scared me to death and the first thing after we got back, Regent Thompson called and asked 'Didn't the band play No Place? The band followed up the parade with a performance at the game which, according to The Daily Nebraskan"drew the plaudits way over and above the cheers for the Stanford and tournament of Roses bands.
World War II brought with it many changes for the University of Nebraska as well as the band program. The yearbook World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection that " This year for the first time in its history, coeds were permitted to march with the band…" Band director Prof.
Lentz recalled that "during those war years we had to rely on the ladies all the way through. Snider would remain in that position until he, too, became Director of Bands in As difficult as it may have seemed to fill the shoes of the renowned Lentz, Snider became a legend of his own.
Unafraid to forge his own path, in his very first season, Snider made changes to the style of music and the formations that the band was performing. A Sunday World-Herald article from describes the bpm pace being used by the band for entering the field as " One of Snider's immediate changes in was to add a twirler to the band, Joyce Burns, the first female twirler who quickly became known as "The Sunshine Girl.
Snider's time as Marching Band Director included some transformations which he did not instigate. Snider resisted the inclusion of women in the marching band, whose integration in was one of the largest changes in the marching band's history.
Another shock to the marching band community in Nebraska during his tenure was the decline of Band Day under pressure from the Athletic Department, despite the best efforts of Snider and Lentz to preserve the tradition. They now face a most bitter reward for their services," wrote George Meredith of the Nebraska State Bandmaster's Association in about restrictions to Band Day.
Snider's mark upon the band program, however, was perhaps not so much what decisions he made or trials he weathered, but the impact he made upon his students. Snider is remembered as a director who cared deeply about his students, and who spent considerable time and effort to support them.
World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection staff and faculty members remarked in a World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection Journal Star published in after Snider's death that Snider was ever-present, even after retirement, at student recitals and concerts on UNL's campus.
Besides during WWII women had not been welcome in the marching band, with the exception of a handful of twirlers, despite the involvement of "co-eds" in concert bands. By the s, women were pressuring the band program to allow them to join, threatening to lodge a discrimination complaint with the Faculty Senate Women's Rights Committee. World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection Snider resisted, claiming a variety of Stabbe Kjem Heim - Del 2 - Øyonn Groven Myhren & Odd Nordstoga - Nivelkinn why the ensemble should remain all-male, Lonely Flowers - Genghis Angus - Echo Park uniform sizing, physical demands, and increased expenses.
The first years were likely not easy for the handful of women in the majority male band. Pages of Jack Snider's scrapbooks from that time are filled with articles written about the women from their hometown newspapers. In a clipping, one of the first five women, Lilly Coniglio, remarked to a reporter from that such attention " After massive fundraising efforts by the band and alumni, the band set out to perform in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and visited Austria and England as well.
They had planned on performing in London but a Baby Boy [1st Demo 1976] - Status Quo - Rockin All Over The World (CD, Album, Album) at the concert venue canceled the event.
Along the way, the band faced challenges such as parades in narrow streets, lack of venues for marching exhibitions, World Events - The Cornhusker Marching Band - The Big Red Collection even one run-in with the Swiss military. However, the multi-week trip provided many memories for both band members and their audiences.
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