LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Benjamin Fox of Stratton, Nebraska, was part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 290-member Cornhusker Marching Band Sept. 1 debut at Memorial Stadium, with pregame and halftime performances at Nebraska's football season opener against the University of Southern Mississippi.
Fox, a freshman, plays the clarinet and is studying mechanical engineering and music.
In addition to performancess at all Nebraska home football games, the full Cornhusker Marching Band will perform on Nov. 3 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., when the Cornhuskers take on Michigan State in a Big Ten matchup. Fifty-member pep bands will also travel to perform at the Huskers' games at Ohio State on Oct. 6 and Northwestern on Oct. 20.
This year's band includes representatives from nearly every region of the country, but 84 percent of the students are from Nebraska. Twenty-six percent of the students are music majors. The rest are studying in more than 65 other degree programs across campus. Each band member passed two auditions to gain admittance to the group.
Anthony M. Falcone, associate director of bands in the UNL School of Music, is the director of the Cornhusker Marching Band. Douglas W. Bush is the assistant director of bands and assistant marching band director. Carolyn Barber, associate professor of music, is director of bands. Other band staff members are graduate teaching assistants Eric Chrostoski, James Dreiling and Rachel Smith. Ben Coleman is the band's percussion instructor and Ashlea Jurgens-Woitzel is the color guard instructor. Rose Johnson is the administrative technician for the band program, Jan Deaton is the office associate and Nolan Schmit is the "Voice" of the Cornhusker Marching Band.
The drum majors for 2012 are senior Andrew Kroeger of Omaha, senior Hannah Lambert of Lincoln and senior Ali Malik of Lincoln. The twirler is senior Rachel Foehlinger of Omaha.
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 133-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 Marching Red 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," in 2007 on ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition," and in 2008 in the motion picture "Yes Man," starring Jim Carrey. The band was the first collegiate ensemble to perform at all the major football bowl games (Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Cotton).