The Band's Growing Identity

Picture:  Big Bertha

The Band's Growing Identity

As the R.O.T.C. band continued to gain popularity at football games, rallies, concert band concerts, parades, away games, and the multitude of other activities in which they were a part, a rift that had begun in the 1920s between the band and the military department began to widen.  Financial strain over providing for the ever demanding organization and varying opinions of the role of the band on campus caused both the military department and the band to question their relationship.  It would not be until 1955 that the band officially broke away from the military, but the struggle for independence began in the 1920s and continued for the next several decades.  But as it had changed at the end of World War I to the R.O.T.C. band, so again would it change to the Cornhusker Marching Band in the wake of World War II.