The Maverick Marching Band
Joining the Maverick Marching Band
- Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. If you are a non-UNO student that wishes to participate, please contact the Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Joshua Kearney, directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the Maverick Marching Band Registration form.
- Complete and return the forms below (may be returned/completed at first day of Preseason Camp). Students age 19 and younger will need a Parent/Guardian signature.
- You will be contacted by Athletic Bands staff with further information regarding the 2017 Preseason Schedule, instrument and uniform checkout, supplies, etc.
- UNO Students must register for marching band in MavLINK. The course number is MUS 2750.
- Interested in becoming a UNO Feature Twirler? Click here for information.
Forms may be returned to the following address:
|Dr. Joshua Kearney
UNO School of Music
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join the UNO Maverick Marching Band?
Membership in the Maverick Marching Band (MMB) is open to all students on the UNO campus. Instrumentalists in the MMB should have a moderate level of experience on a traditional band instrument. The MMB also includes Feature Twirlers (selected by audition) and the UNO Color Guard (non-auditioned). You do not have to be a music major to participate! Members of the Maverick Marching Band represent all academic disciplines on campus. Non-UNO students are eligible for participation on a case-by-case basis. Email Dr. Kearney at email@example.com for more information about participation as a non-UNO student. The MMB uses the following instruments: piccolo, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone/horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, front ensemble/pit percussion, and standard battery marching percussion (snare drum, bass drum, tenor drum, cymbals).
Do I have to audition to be a member of the MMB?
Instrumentalists and members of the Color Guard do not have to audition to participate in the MMB. Feature Twirlers, however, are selected based on a successful audition.
If there is no football team, then where does the MMB perform?!
The MMB is incredibly active and visible throughout the community. In recent years, members of the Maverick Marching Band have given up to 14 performances—including parades, performance exhibitions, and special community performances!
Do members of the Maverick Marching Band receive a scholarship?
Absolutely! Due to the generous support of the University, the UNO Athletic Bands are pleased to offer ALL UNO student members of the MMB a minimum $250 scholarship for their participation.
What if I don't own a piccolo, mellophone, tenor saxophone, marching baritone, or tuba?
No worries! The UNO Athletic Bands have an extensive array of instruments available for check-out in order to participate in the Athletic Band program.
Is there a Preseason Camp required for membership in the Maverick Marching Band?
Yes. Color Guard and Percussion (front ensemble and drum-line) report for camp two weeks before classes. The rest of the musicians report one week before classes start. The dates for Percussion camp are Aug. 7-11, 2017 and Color Guard camp are Aug. 9-11, 2017; Preseason for all remaining members begins Aug. 14, 2017. Please note that returning members report for a special rehearsal on Aug. 12 and Freshmen (new members to the band regardless of class standing at UNO) report for a special rehearsal on Aug. 13. A more detailed schedule for 2017 Preseason is forthcoming. Freshmen participate in traditional orientation sessions on each evening of the full band Preseason camp.
When and where does the MMB rehearse?
The MMB rehearses in the fall semester on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 4:45-6:15 PM at the Center Dome on UNO's campus (6808 Spring St, Omaha, NE 68106). There is shuttle service provided to/from the Center Dome from the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Shuttles leave promptly at 6:10 PM. Occasionally, and at the Director's discretion, there will be special and infrequent rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM in the Strauss Performing Arts Center room 109. Preseason activities take place at both the Strauss Performing Arts Center and at the Center Dome Facility. Transportation is NOT provided during Preseason Camp.
Is there a cost to participate in the MMB?
There is nominal uniform fee of less than $50 required of all students in order to participate in the Maverick Marching Band. Students will receive one pair of black gloves as part of this fee and use of their marching band uniform. Students are required to secure their own black marching band shoes. These may be ordered from the Director at the beginning of Preseason Camp. Feature Twirrlers are responsible for securing the entirety of their uniform independently of the MMB.
I am a Music Education major at UNO. Am I required to participate in the MMB?
All Wind/Percussion Music Education majors must participate in the MMB for 2 semesters in order to fulfill their degree requirements. String Music Education majors must participate for 1 semester, and there is no requirement for Vocal Music Education majors to participate in the Maverick Marching Band.
Help! You didn't answer my question!
Please direct further questions to Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Director of Athletic Bands, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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