University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band

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Cornhusker Marching Band
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg
SchoolUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln
LocationLincoln, Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten
DirectorAnthony Falcone
Assistant DirectorDouglas Bush
Fight song"Dear Old Nebraska U", "Hail Varsity"
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The University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band (also known as the Marching Red[1] or The Pride of All Nebraska[2]) is the marching band of the University of Nebraska and is part of the Glenn Korff School of Music within the Hixson–Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.[3] The band consists of 300 students from over 60 different academic majors from across the campus. It performs at all home football games, seen by millions of people each year in Memorial Stadium and on television.[4]


Founded in 1879, the Marching Red is one of the oldest and best-known collegiate marching bands in the United States.[5]

Thanks to the success of the Husker football program, it is also one of the most traveled bands in the country having performed at many post-season bowl games. The band has appeared multiple times at the Rose, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Sun, and Alamo Bowls.[6] It has also made single appearances at the Bluebonnet, Liberty, Holiday, Citrus, Independence, and Gator Bowls.

In 1993, the Marching Red appeared on the Kennedy Center stage as part of the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.[6][7]

The Cornhusker Marching Band has toured internationally, visiting continental Europe and Ireland. It has received many honors and awards including the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy in 1996.[6]

In 2005 the band was featured on the NBC prime time series Tommy Lee Goes to College and in 2007[8] on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.[9]

On October 13, 2007, a film crew from the comedy film, Yes Man, filmed portions of the movie at Memorial Stadium including several shots of the marching band.[10]

On November 19, 2011, the Cornhusker Marching Band performed at Michigan Stadium in front of the largest audience ever to watch the band.[11][12]


The Cornhusker Marching Band performing a halftime show in Memorial Stadium.

To become a member, each person must pass a music audition in the Spring 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 in the Fall semester.[13][6]


  1. ^ Smith, Ron (2001). Every Saturday in Autumn College Football's Greatest Traditions. Sporting News. pp. 69–71. ISBN 9780892046614. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ Fricke, Mark (2005). Nebraska Cornhusker Football. Arcadia. p. 44. ISBN 9780738534374. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "About the Glenn Korff School of Music". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Cornhusker Marching Band". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  5. ^ Hachiya, Kim (February 2019). Dear Old Nebraska U Celebrating 150 Years. University of Nebraska Press. p. 75. ISBN 9781496211811. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "Cornhusker Marching Band makes 2006 debut". The Grand Island Independent. Lee BHM Corp. September 2, 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  7. ^ King, Susan (December 26, 1997). "20 Years on the Honor Roll". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Tommy Lee strikes up the band in Nebraska". Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Photos: Lincoln's 'Extreme Makeover' home". The Lincoln Journal Star. Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Yes Man_Lincoln Nebraska". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  11. ^ DeCamp, Scott. "Tale of the tape: Michigan Stadium vs. Penn State's Beaver Stadium". Advance Local Media LLC. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  12. ^ 2018-19 Nebraska All-Sports Record Book (PDF). p. 139. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Marching Band Auditions". University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Retrieved 17 April 2020.

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