Strike up the Band, Aug. 30

There's no place like Nebraska...especially during football season. And for my kids there was no place like Memorial Stadium to watch the marching band perform...for free!

Growing up in a state crazy about its football, it's only natural that my kids would catch that football fever early. What better way to introduce them to Big Red mania then by attending the free exhibition put on by the Cornhusker Marching Band.

You gotta love free stuff. And I think as parents we love free events even more. You look for activities that you can enjoy as a family without breaking the bank. And the UNL marching band exhibition is one of those fun events.

For the past few years, Jon and I have been taking our kids to see the Pride of All Nebraska perform on a humid August night. It's the culmination of band camp week for the UNL students, and a chance to show family members and Husker fans their marching techniques.

For some spectators, this may be their only chance to see the inside of the stadium. For others, it's a chance to hear the strains of "Hail Varsity" and clap along in anticipation of another hopeful football season.

Being a former Cornhusker Marching Band member, I remember that August week before school started when you'd practice in the blustery August heat to prepare for the first game of the season.

Sure it was hot and often a grueling schedule, but it was all worth it in the end. You got to play your instrument, follow Husker football, and meet lifelong friends…maybe even a spouse!

And now Jon and I can relive a fun time in our life and give our kids the chance to see a large band in motion, all for free and in a festive setting.

It’s football time in Nebraska! And the Cornhusker Marching Band is a major part of the game day environment. Next year, check out the band’s exhibition the Friday before UNL starts classes in August. You can also watch the band march to the stadium before every home game.

And check out other fun ways to feed your family for free or for a discount on our Moms Everyday page under “Kids Eat Cheap.”

Jon and I will be strapping on the saxophones and hopefully marching in time this weekend at the first Husker game. Look for us in the alumni band!

Until next week…Go Big Red!


About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.

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