Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 14, 1984)
Friday, September 14, 1834
Cornhuslcers march to new driector's beat
iid aims to entertain
JL JLLC ICfiMMi CDS , K
By Lisa Nutting
D&iSy Nebr&skaa UfT Writer
A light fixture made from an old
brass trombone hangs behind the desk.
A black console piano stand3 next to
one wall, and a torn old drum head
hang3 on another. Pictures of two
marching band3 hang above the piano
reminders of years passed. And the
nameplate on the office door read3
"WILLIAM BALLENGER ."
Bailenger, new director of the Corn
husker Marching Band, is "excellent,"
according to Bruce Jensen, a freshman
music major from Aurora.
This is Ballenger's first year as band
director. Last year as assistant direc
tor, he said he "basically watched what
was going down." And it seems he
"He's really good," said Linda Mc
Morris, a sophomore music major and
second-year band member. "To take
this big responsibility he's doing a
really great job. He just took this (band)
Bailenger previously directed high
school bands in Ankeny and Oska
loosa, Iowa. During his six years at Oska
loosa, as assistant director and musi
cal arranger, the band remained within
the top 12 competitive high school
bands in the country.
At UNL, Bailenger found many dif
ferences between high school and uni
"A big difference here is that we're
much more entertainment oriented."
The first football game halftime show
featured music popularized hy Frank
Sinatra. The second game's show is
planned as a melody from "Fiddler on
the Roof." And the third show will fea
ture the current hits of Diana Ross's
"The Wiz," and Michael Jackson's Thril
ler." Bailenger said he likes the shift from
the competitiveness in the high school,
bands to an aim for entertainment in
the UNL band.
"Another gigantic difference is that
everyone who's in this band wants to
be here very badly," he said.
And so it seems.
"It's just what everyone says it is,"
Jensen said. "I'm really glad I tried
But Jensen is not the only one who is
"That's (directing) what IVe been
doing for years," Bailenger said. "It's
what I like to do. And I get to do it
Bailenger said he thinks there is "an
obvious unity one of the greatest
social organizations in this band."
Jensen and McMorris agree.
"It's a pretty tight group " Jensen
said. "The band as a whole is great. It's
a good time."
"We're just like one big, happy family
around here," McMorris said. "We have
to work really hard, but it's a lot of fun,
and it's worth it."
"Personally; I dont have goals for
radical change," Bailenger said. "What's
going on here is very good very cur
rent." Hard work and early hours 7:45
a.m. to 9 am. daily keep this group
of 267 instrumenteers united. And Bai
lenger leads the band.
The pictures on the office wall remind
Bailenger of where he has been. But
outside Westbrook 233, the hallway
rings with the tune of where he is, and
where h2 has yet to go.
March, two, three, four -
Tiia JoumEi-Ster presents:
end Koma Elsctronics 5hoiu
September 17, 1CS4 5 pm 9 pm
September 13,1984 1 0am - 9pm
September 13,1334 10am -9pm
Get aquainted with electronics of the future at
Pershing Auditorium's PC-Expo '84. Representatives
will be on hand to give you hands on experience with
high technology that's fast becoming part of our
everyday life. Experts will answer all your questions in (
a learning environment You can even register to win
an Apple He, an IBM PC Jr", or a complete Home Video
System It's Lincoln's largest exhibition of home
computers and home electronics ever. And if s coming
soon. So don't miss out
Appia. tm (SOH lego we ragesnrai
tTKHrwU o Apple CompuWf Inc.
A Psrshlng Production cZ22s&J?rfc!si
r "... V-;'.
, ' - "
v, ; -' -.V" fBiX,
.; L - V ' '
I J . . 1 XJ
I i )
i I ! f
1 InJ rPSZfJn ov
ONE OF THE LARGEST
r 1 11
. .1 S
vvf . I
V1 sc..... S
Powered by Open ONI