A Military Band is Formed
The University Band began in 1880 as an aid for the drill work of the University of Nebraska Cadet program. Bands in the 19th century were often military bands, and the University was not an exception. The Proud Tradition section discusses this martial trend in bands and the history of marching bands in general. The Cadet Band section addresses the University's band program development in its very early years until it was renamed the R.O.T.C. Band, at which point financial and social factors began to change the role that the band played in the history of the University.