The University of Nebraska—Lincoln Band Program

Director of Bands Emeritus Jack R. Snider

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing today (February 20) of Director of Bands Emeritus Jack R. Snider. Dr. John Richmond, Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music, announced Jack's death, saying "Jack Snider was nothing short of an iconic figure in music at UNL. His storied career as Director of Bands was the stuff of legend. No UNL Band Alumni Weekend ended without a standing ovation for Jack Snider. Very few concerts on the UNL campus happened without Jack Snider in the audience. His mind and ears were formidable. His humor was dry, yet generous and so very smart. He was an inspiration to all. We have experienced a year of great loss in our Glenn Korff School of Music. We will honor the memories of those we’ve lost with refreshed commitment to excellence and achievement in all the things we do here. Indeed, it is the only worthy memorial we can offer."

The condolences of the entire Glenn Korff School of Music and UNL Band families go out to Jack's family. A memorial service will take place at 2:30 p.m. March 1 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 M St. in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to HealthConnect at Home/Saint Elizabeth Hospice, 245 South 84 Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68510 or The Jack and Mary Alice Snider Fund c/o University of Nebraska Foundation, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68501.

About UNL Bands

Founded in 1879, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln band program has grown from a single small ROTC band to encompass seven ensembles that perform for a combined audience of well over one million people annually.

The Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln enthusiastically invites all students, regardless of academic major, to participate in one or more of our bands.  Additional information about each of our band ensembles is available under the ensemble heading in the drop down menu at the top of the page.  Auditions for the fall concert and jazz ensembles are scheduled for the first week of classes in August. We encourage you to explore the rich tradition of our band program.


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