Color Guard member Megan Hoyt during the November 2, 2013 halftime show. Photo by Rose Johnson
The Cornhusker Marching Band's front ensemble. Photo by Rose Johnson
Cornhusker Marching Band piccolo players. Photo by Rose Johnson
Cornhusker Marching Band members playing at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Photo by Rose Johnson
Anthony M. Falcone, Director
Douglas W. Bush, Assistant Director
The Cornhusker Marching Band was founded in 1879 as an ROTC unit and is one of the oldest marching bands in the nation. The Marching Red has received many honors throughout its 130-year history, including a Distinguished Recognition Trophy presented by John Philip Sousa in 1927 and the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy in 1996 for high musical standards and innovative marching routines. The Sudler Trophy is the highest honor given to collegiate bands. The Cornhusker Band has been seen by millions of viewers on television including in 2005, when the band was featured on the NBC prime-time series, Tommy Lee Goes to College, and in 2007 on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition. The band was the first collegiate ensemble to perform at all the major football bowl games (Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Cotton).
All members of the Cornhusker Marching Band must be enrolled as full-time students at UNL and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater. Students from all of the University's degree programs are welcome to audition. In fact, there are over 70 degree programs represented in the band.
Cornhusker Marching Band Highlights Concert, December 17The marching band's end of season Highlights Concert is Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 PM in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Admission is $20 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Lied Center Box Office, 402.472.4747. Note that tickets purchased on-line are subject to additional fees. The box office opens at 11:00 AM on weekdays. Tickets can also be purchased on the evening of the concert at the box office (subject to availability.)