A University Tradition Since 1928
Established in 1928 by the then-named Omaha University, the UNO Athletic Bands have been in existence for close to one hundred years.
About the UNO Athletic Bands
Comprised of both the Marching Mavericks and the Maverick Machine Pep Band, the athletic bands perform at UNO soccer, volleyball, hockey, and basketball games in addition to exhibition performances and parades across the United States. The Athletic Bands are under the direction of Dr. Joshua Kearney.
The Marching Mavericks
The Marching Mavericks regularly entertain audiences at UNO soccer games and travel extensively throughout the state performing in exhibition to thousands of high school students, parents, community members and the like. Members of the Marching Mavericks have performed at the Holland Center for the Performing Arts, major community events, parades (including for a Presidential Inauguration), and the new Midtown Crossing outdoor performance space in downtown Omaha as part of the End-of-Summer Concert Series sponsored by UNO. The Marching Mavericks rehearse in the fall semester on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 4:45 PM-6:15 PM at the UNO Dome facility. All members of the Marching Mavericks receive a $250 scholarship for their participation. (click here for more information)
The Maverick Machine
The Maverick Machine is the University of Nebraska at Omaha's resident pep band at the state-of-the-art Baxter Arena. The Maverick Machine rehearses on Tuesday evening's from 8:00-9:30 PM in the Strauss Music Building room 109. The band plays for UNO volleyball and basketball games as well as for our nationally-ranked hockey team. Auditions take will take place in fall 2016. All members of the Maverick Machine receive $500 for their efforts.
The Maverick Machine has become a major public face of the university music program—playing for U.S. President Barack Obama's historic 2016 visit to the UNO campus as well as performing innovative halftime shows at UNO sporting events. The band regularly travels to athletic tournaments, collaborates with spirit organizations in UNO Athletics, and most recently traveled to Boston for the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. (click here for more information)