Frequently Asked QuestionsPlease check out our answers to some questions that are often asked by prospective students. Contact the Band Office at 402/472-2505 if you still have questions after reading this information.
Do I have to be a music major to participate in a band at UNL?No. The Glenn Korff School of Music encourages all UNL students, regardless of academic major, to participate in an ensemble. Members of the Big Red Express pep band and the Cornhusker Marching Band must meet and maintain full-time enrollment status at UNL (12 credit hours) and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
What are my chances for being accepted into a band?This depends largely on your fundamental skills and your preparation before the audition. However, if you have good basic skills, you have a better than average chance of passing the auditions. You have no chance at all if you don't audition.
Does participating in a band take a lot of time?The marching band rehearses for a total of 6.5 hours during the week. The rehearsals are early in the morning so class conflicts are relatively rare. There are usually six to seven home games every season and the full band usually makes one weekend trip to a road game. Extra rehearsals are not scheduled.
The Big Red Express rehearses for two hours once a week through mid October. Once the music book is established the band will rehearse only to add additional tunes. Each band member performs only 1/3 of the band's schedule. Only 30 to 60 of the 90 members perform at any one game since the Big Red Express is a rotating pool band.
The Wind Ensemble rehearses for 4 hours each week and performs two to three concerts each semester. Occasional dress rehearsals are called in addition to the regular rehearsal time. The ensemble usually performs a three to four day tour during the spring semester. Members of this ensemble must devote considerable time to private practice in preparation for rehearsals.
The Symphonic Band rehearses 3 hours each week. The Jazz Ensemble I rehearses 2.5 hours per week. The Jazz Ensemble II rehearses 3 hours per week. All three ensembles perform two to three concerts each semester. Occasional dress rehearsals are called in addition to the regular rehearsal time. The Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble I occasionally perform off-campus and do short tours. Members of all ensembles are strongly encouraged to devote time to private practice in preparation for rehearsals.
Each Campus Band rehearses for two hours once a week during the spring semester only. Both bands perform one concert. Private practice time is strongly encouraged.