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The Big Red Express is a group of 120+ musicians that perform at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and the Women’s Volleyball matches. The band also performs for selected special University events. Members of the Big Red Express band must meet and maintain full-time enrollment status at UNL and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Active members (not subs) in good standing are considered for a small scholarship for each semester of participation.
The 120+ active members of the ensemble will be divided into four color-coded 30-person units (red, black, white and gold). The Volleyball schedule will also be divided into four color-coded sections and assigned to each of the 30+-member units, so that each individual will be responsible for approximately one-fourth of the Big Red Express Volleyball performances. The Mens' and Womens' Basketball schedules will be divided into two sections and two 30+-member units will perform for each home game of the Basketball schedules. Individuals designated as Big Red Express subs will fill in when active members cannot attend a performance. Rehearsals for the fall semester will begin during the second week of classes. The date and time will be posted here at a later date.
Nebraska Fight Songs
Download your assigned part on the link below and memorize two Nebraska fight songs so that you will be prepared for the first rehearsal.
- Trumpet I (A Rank)
- Trumpet II (B Rank)
- Trumpet III (C Rank)
- Horn/Mellophone (D Rank)
- Trombone I (E Rank)
- Trombone II (F Rank)
- Trombone III (G Rank)
- Baritone (H Rank)
- Tuba (I Rank)
- Tenor Saxophone (J Rank)
- Alto Saxophone (K Rank)
- Piccolo (L Rank)
- Clarinet (M Rank)
Play a recording of Dear Old Nebraska U (There Is No Place Like Nebraska).
Play a recording of Hail Varsity.
Big Red Express Uniform
Big Red Express members and subs must wear the designated band polo shirt, long black pants, and preferably, black shoes. The band polo shirt can be obtained from the Band Office at a minimal cost.
Instruments and Lockers
Submit the online Big Red Express Instrument or Locker request form to arrange for instrument and/or locker rental. You must be enrolled in BRE before you will be issued an instrument.