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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Friday, September 29, 1950
Stadium Rings As Every one: 'Sings
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- ver wonder when the ROTC
-band was first outiftted with its
nappy scarlet and cream uni
Band members who took part
in the 1936 marching season
were the first to wear the ap
parel which sported the Univer
sity's colors. Up to that time,
-the group wore the colors of the
"Reserve Officers Training Corps.
- Col. W. H. Oury, of the ROTC
department, stated then that the
new uniformes would be "second
"in class and color to no univer
sity band in the country."
Z . Criticism Prompted Buy
Action leading to the purchase
""of the uniforms was instigated
fter the smartly dressed Kansas
'lmiversUy band appeared in Lin
coln the preceding fall. Criticism
of Nebraska's drab coats and
trousers and old military caps
finally prompted plans for the
.r The uniforms included the tall
'plummage like that seen on the
headgear of bandsmen today.
New trimmings provided the
snappy epaulettes and braids
-adorning the military styled
The new outfits were pur
chased by the military depart
ment with the original payment
-being partly supplied by the
' athletic department.
Plans were made to attire ap
; proximately 100 members for the
.marching season. Each complete
-uniform cost about $30.
Many of those original uni
forms have been replaced due to
..excessive wear each outfit re
ceives each year.
However the prices of new
"uniforms in 1936 are naturally
dwarfed by the present high cost.
Each uniform now costs approxi
, Last year, nearly all the flar
Ang flully plummage on the caps
ITVas changed to wet stringy sem--blances
of soaked ostrich tails in
Tthe deluge that fell during the
Iowa State game in Ames. As a
result, nearly every member had
to be supplied with new plumes.
I Last spring,, the follow-up to i
the same story happened when
Tthe bandsmen played for Presi
dent Truman at a downtown
depot. Unfortunately, no awning
or other shelter had been pro
vided for the rain-soaked musi
cians and their instruments.
And then, this fall ,at a regu-
ROTC Band Music
To Bolster NU Spirit
"1 love a parade!"
How often have Americans heard those words of fa
miliar music repeated! And well do they express the feel
ings of University students when the spirit of football fills
It is about this time of year that the Nebraska ROTC
marching band comes into its
DRUM CORPS PREVIEW Don Lentz, ROTC band director, gives
some free advice to Don Noble and Bruce Hendricksen, members
of the nine man drum section, regarding the band's first appear
ance this season, Saturday afternoon. (Rag Photo by Rod Riggs.)
Rose Bowl March in 1941
Highlight of Band's History
By Kent Axtell
The University ROTC march
ing band led by Prof. Don Lentz,
has filled an exciting chapter
in University history.
Although its beginning was
subtle, the musical group grew
to be a distinguished activity
that received national recognition.
The band's origin is traced
back to about 1903 when it was
regarded as a more or less a
casual activity. The first director
of the group was C. B. Cornell.
After leading the band for 14
years, Cornell leit tor military
service during World War II. Up
to this point the band had lim
ited performances to concert appearances.
"Billy" Quick succeeded Cor
nell and it was under his guid
ance that the band began play
ing for football games. Quick
lar practice drill, the grim
spectre of precipitation again ap
peared and released its ven
geance upon the unsuspecting
'band. This time, though, the
musicians were luckier they
wore no uniforms.
held this position until the fall
of 1937 when Don Lentz came
to the University.
Quick remained with the band
as an advisor until his death in
1940 untimely because in 1941,
the band he watched grow went
to the Rose Bowl.
Lentz brought with him ex
perience, as a performer with
the New York Philharmonic,
John Phillip Sousa's band and
the Metropolitan orchestra.
Headaches from constant de
tails that confront the leader of
any large band did not seem to
slow the energetic young maes
In Rose Parade
In 1940, his drive for perfec
tion paid off, and the band was
invited to participate in the
Tournament of Roses parade that
preceded the Rose Bowl game,
New Year's Day, 1941. Husker
football fans will remember that
was the day the undefeated Ne
braska grid team met the Stan
ford Indians in the football
classic of the year.
After the musicians' perform
ance in the six mile parade, many
west coast newspapers printed
own. On Saturday, Sept. 30, the
Cornhusker band will make its
first appearance of the year as
it rallies to the cause of its grid
iron counterparts with stirring
marches and well-planned half-,
When the 120-piece band
marches on the field playing the
stirring "Thunder and Blazes," or
"Hosts of Freedom" marches.
spectators are suddenly-aware of
tingling pride that they may call
the precision marchers their own.
Members of the marching band
are required to spend a good deal
of time during the football sea
son preparing for game "shows,"
salutes, and rallies. This means
that they must not .only have a
knack for keeping the ranks in
straight lines, but they must pos
sess a musical memory. That is,
they must be able to play "by
heart" ten to 15 marches at any
Included in the football reper
toire are those well-known Ne
braska favorites like "March of
the Cornhuskers," "Hail Ne
braska," "The Cornhuskers," and
"Huskerland," a contribution of
Harry Miner, a Husker alumnus.
However, the organization of
the band dees not Gud with the
colorful antics of the marching
Like the football team, the en
tire band system is run on a two
platoon basis, generally speaking,
with several important supple
The two largest groups are the
marching band and the concert
band both comprised of approxi
mately 120 persons. They, of
course, differ to a large extent,
in regards to both type of music
While the marching band is
occupied most of the time ' with
membership only to males, while
the concert group ismade up of
both men and women students.
The governing elements of the
band lies with the "top man,"
Prof. Lentz, and the band com
mittee, elected each year by
members of the band. During
the marching season, the leaders
next in line are the three drum
Helping director Lentz during
the whole year with the infinite
number of details is the job of
Gamma Lambda, band service
fraternity. This squad of 35
works in conjunction with the
NU card section and band ban
quet, held later in the year.
Another part of the pep rou
tine so familiar to Huskers at the
basketball games and special
rallies is the rally band, a purely
voluntary group whose members
serve with the varsity marching
band. This group includes ap
proximately 30 men,
The brass choir, a 45-piece en
semble, comprised of male mem
bers, works with the ROTC
marchers in the fall, but with the
concert band during the winter
and spring. It is then that per-
iormances are given for au
diences in and out of town.
Perhaps most interesting is the
fact that the majority of the band
members are not music majors.
All groups of the band have
members from every school
professional and otherwise. This
heterogeneous makeup seems to
be evidence of the band's fine
The functions of the band are
many and varied. The year's pro
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IN THE FRONT LINE These four trombonists being coached for
the first game by Drum Major Jack Davis, will make up part of
the front rank of the Nebraska ROTC band Saturday afternoon
as it marches on the gridiron before the NU-Indiana game. The
bandsmen are: (1. to r.) Robert Van Vorhis,. Norman Rasmussen, '
Dick Schultz, Phil Neff and Davis. (Rag Photo by Rod Riggs.)
tary band that marches upon the
football field to represent old
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game without the Cornhusker
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Students who will be unable
to see the NU-Indiana game Sat
urday afternoon will have a
chance to see it reproduced at
a movie Wednesday noon, Oct. 4.
The Union's special activities
committee announced that mov
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taken and shown every Wednes
day following the game. This
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A master of ceremonies will be
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AUDITIONS will be held from 1:00 p.m.
to a:uu p.m. on i-riaay, tne zwtn and
9:30-11:00 a.m. 8at. the 30th, in
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marches and - novelty numbers, 1 gram includes playing for the
the concert band strives for ex
cellence in overtures, ballads,
and other concert numbers. Also
the marching band restricts its
columns of pratse for them. The
director ot the Tournament of
Roses band Audrey Strong de
clared: "Beyond a doubt the
band has been the best in pre
cision that we've ever had in
southern California. You are the
first university group we'd like
college ROTC unit's parades and
retreats, and special programs
such as Home-Farm Week, and
the Farmers Fair, and many
others in addition to the regular
Many times has the value of
the band been acclaimed by
sports writers after grid games,
and contemporary college band
directors throughout the nation.
Everyone loves a parade, they
say. By the same token, everyone
should revel in the splendid mili-
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