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Cornhusker Marching Band
School University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Location Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Conference Big 12
Founded 1879
Director Anthony Falcone
Members 290
Uniform White hats with red fabric, a white "N", and gold trim and chain. White jacket with red and gold military bars, a gold baldric with red "Nebraska" lettering, red gauntlets, and a red and white cape. Red pants with white stripe and white shoes.

The University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band (also known as the Marching Red or The Pride of All Nebraska) is the marching band of the University of Nebraska. It performs at all home football games. Founded in 1879, the Marching Red is one of the oldest and most well known collegiate marching bands in the United States. The band consists of 290 students from over 70 different academic majors from across the campus. Thanks to the success of the Husker football program, the Marching Red is also one of the most well traveled bands in the country having participated in all of the major bowl games. They have appeared multiple times at the Rose, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Sun, and Alamo Bowls, and have made single appearances at the Bluebonnet, Liberty, Holiday, Citrus and Independence bowls. On January 1, 2009, the band performed at the 2009 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Cornhusker Band has also made several international tours, visiting continental Europe and Ireland. The Cornhusker Marching Band has been the recipient of many honors over the years, including the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy in 1996. The Sudler Trophy is presented annually to a college marching band program that has demonstrated particular excellence over a period of years. A ballot of all NCAA marching band directors selects the trophy recipient. The Marching Red has been seen by millions of viewers on television, and appeared on the Kennedy Center stage as part of the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. In 2005 the band was featured on the NBC prime time series Tommy Lee Goes to College and in 2007 on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

On October 13, 2007, a film crew from the comedy film, Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey filmed portions of the movie at Memorial Stadium including several shots of the marching band.



To become a member, each person must pass a music audition or attend a mini-camp as is the case sometimes for percussion and color guard. After first cuts, a second marching and music memorization audition follows.


Throughout the history of the Marching Red, the Band has performed many well known and beloved fight songs at football games, most of which can be heard during the pregame performance. The band maintains the tradition of playing the opposing team's fight song during its pregame performance.

  • "Dear Old Nebraska U"
  • "Hail Varsity"
  • "Mr. Touchdown USA"
  • "University of Nebraska March"
  • "March Grandioso (Bo Pelini Song)"
  • "March of the Cornhusker"

"Come-a-Runnin' Boys" is another fight song which is not played during pregame.

The band also has their own "Band Song", which is always accompanied by "Hail Varsity".

"Band Song":
Hear the trumpets Playin'
Hear the crowd a sayin'
NU Band is on parade!
Hear the trombones blowin'
Hear the drums a rollin'
NU Band is on Parade!
Sound Out! Sound Out!
Sound out loud and clear
Let the team all know the Band is here.
Sons of Old Nebraska
If someone should ask ya
We're the Scarlet and the Cream!

Game Day Preparations

On home football game days, the band rehearses for two hours in Memorial Stadium, beginning five-and-a-half hours before kickoff. A two-hour break follows. An hour-and-a-half before kickoff, the band meets in Westbrook Music Building in full uniform for warm-up and final instructions. Following is a free outdoor concert at Kimball Recital Hall and the traditional march to the stadium.




The band is led by Director Anthony Falcone and Assistant Director Douglas Bush. The UNL Director of Bands is Carolyn Barber.

Instructors and Graduate Teaching Assistants

Drumline Instructor-Ben Shellhaas, previously filled by Nate Campbell until 2009 when he moved with his wife out of state.
Color Guard Instructor-Ashlea Jurgens[1]

During rehearsals, the directors are assisted by three graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). The GTAs are responsible for attendance, some rehearsal setup, and general drill cleaning and supervision. The GTAs also assist the director in conducting the pregame performance. A drumline instructor and colorguard instructor work closely with their specific sections.

Support Staff

The band is supported by an administrative technician, band secretary, and instrument technician.

Student Leadership

Three to four drum majors serve as the highest student authority in the band. The drum majors conduct the halftime performance and assist the directors and GTAs in conducting the pregame performance. The drum majors are responsible for overseeing the rest of the student leadership.

Each instrumental section is led by a section leader. The section leader is responsible for the musical performance of the section. Each section consists of one rank (except trumpets and trombones, which consist of three ranks each), and each rank is led by two or three rank leaders. The rank leaders are responsible for the marching performance of the rank and assist the section leader in sectional rehearsals and music memorization checks.


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Preceded by
Sudler Trophy Recipient
Succeeded by
West Virginia


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