The Band Gets New Threads

By: Mr. Wilson on August 23, 2008
Robbie, grandpa, and grandma at the exhibition Robbie and I went with my parents to the Cornhusker Marching Band's annual post-band camp exhibition at Memorial Stadium last night. (Actually, first Robbie and I introduced my parents to the joys of Roost. My dad had the "Hai-Yaah", my mom had the "Grape Escape" as a salad, and I had the "Ol' Red". We all three really enjoyed our meals.) At first Robbie wasn't quite sure why he was there. Robbie, grandpa, and grandma at the exhibition Thousands of people filled the seats in Memorial Stadium's west side. Robbie, grandpa, and grandma at the exhibition Finally, Robbie noticed something was about to happen. Robbie, grandpa, and grandma at the exhibition And the band took the field! Perhaps the most interesting news of the night -- at least in the short time we were able to stay -- was that the band will don brand new uniforms this fall. The current "coats and capes" were introduced back in 1981 (I think), and though award-winning at the time, were definitely showing their age. The current "hot coats" (used on hot days) were introduced around 1999. It wasn't clear from the announcement which uniforms the new ones will replace, nor was it clear if the new uniforms are a completely new design. I left with the impression that the band will start the 2008 season with an entirely new look, but I guess we'll find out for sure next Saturday. Go Big Red!


See what your friends and neighbors have to say about this.

August 23, 2008 at 4:47PM

The 1st comment would probably be:

What??  Is this what my tax dollar goes to?  New uniforms?  In these economic times we should be re-using the ones from the 40s.  I’m sure they have good use left.  That Harvy Perlman (my sic) is probably involved in this.  What a waste of Tax Payer / taxpayer money!  Unbelievable.  Next up in the arena shoved down our throats.

Sorry, it’s just a habit anymore.  Personally I can’t wait to see the band.

Eric S
August 24, 2008 at 1:22PM

HAHA…well said. Perhaps its not only the fans that see this as a New fresh restart for the Huskers…

Perhaps there is more to the new look than just “the old equipment is getting worn out”...

If were going to rise in the rankings…we better look good doing it.

Six days till we see!

Go Bo!

August 24, 2008 at 6:58PM

I heard a trumpet won this year’s drill down.  Wish I could’ve been there this year! 

Thanks for the vid - I got goosebumps!

August 25, 2008 at 2:56AM

As a Cornhusker Marching Band alum, I’m not sure what to think about the change.  I really hope they keep the same look if they’re changing coats and capes… there’s a lot of pride in wearing those uniforms…

August 25, 2008 at 2:29PM

And the down fall of the band continues!

August 25, 2008 at 4:14PM

Oh good grief. Uniforms change. Its not like it’s belittling your participation at the time. IF your playing centered around the costume you were wearing, you were doing it wrong. I get really tired of the constant complaining in Lincoln about EVERYTHING. Im sure there will be just as much pride in wearing these as there was before, especially since the band is much more selective now.

August 25, 2008 at 4:23PM

1.  No one said it was belittling my participation at the time or even implying it.
2.  There was no complaining, I just said I hope they keep the same look. 

The band will always be the Pride of all Nebraska, it was just a sentimental thing from someone who was a member.  It’s always been a very classy look, especially in coats and capes, I’m sure any marching band alum would agree.

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