University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band Traditions

A new addition to the Big Ten Conference in 2011, The University of Nebraska is ready to show off their skills in athletics as well as in music. The Big Ten has finally gotten to experience the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band in all of its glory. The University of Nebraska Marching Band, affectionately referred to as the “Marching Red,” makes its presence known all around campus, especially at the football games.

Founded in 1879, the current band grew from an ROTC military escort ensemble to a 290-piece musical machine. The band, made up of students from over 70 academic departments, is also accompanied by a Color Guard and a Twirler. Along with their game day performances, the Cornhusker Marching Band prides itself on being extremely well-traveled. The marching band has been present at the all the major college football bowls, The Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Cotton Bowls. The band was also featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” In their 132-year history, they have received countless honors. Clips of the band performing can be seen in the TV series “Tommy Lee Goes to College.”

Every Saturday, the band begins practicing five and a half hours before kick-off inside Memorial Stadium, which is open to the public. They then perform a free outdoor concert at the Kimball Recital Hall an hour and a half before kick-off prior to the traditional march to the stadium. The band enters Memorial Stadium and performs “Pregame Spectacular” in which school fight songs, marches and the Star Spangled Banner are performed.