Pride of the Plains Marching Band names members

Writer: Sara Giboney, UNK Communications, 308.865.8529,

UNK Band 3KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Pride of the Plains Marching Band will have its first performance Thursday, Sept. 5, at halftime of the UNK vs. Washburn University football game.

The theme for the halftime show is night and features “Caribbean Nights” and “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera” and Henry Mancini’s “It Had Better Be Tonight,” said Brian Alber, assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music and performing arts.

The football game begins at 6 p.m. at Foster Field. The music also will be performed at the Sept. 21 home football game.

Music for the Oct. 5 and 19 home football games will be from the Pixar film, “The Incredibles.”

Performances at the Nov. 2 and 9 home football games will reflect music from American composer Aaron Copland.

Along with performances at all home football games, the Pride of the Plains performs in the annual Band Day Parade Sept. 21 in Kearney, followed by an exhibition performance at the Bearcat Marching Festival that afternoon. On Nov. 2, past Pride of the Plains Marching Band members will perform for the annual Alumni Band Day.

The marching band is co-directed by Alber and Duane Bierman, UNK director of bands/percussion.

Mark Messner, a senior music K-12 major from Ogallala, and Vergil Nelson, a senior music K-12 and music performance major from Minden, are drum majors for this year.

The 2012 Pride of the Plains Marching Band members are listed below, by hometown, with Nebraska students listed first, followed by out-of-state and international students.

* Denotes member of the leadership team

Adams – Celia Timms
Auburn – Kelsey Krieger
Beatrice – Kyle Hasenkamp
Bellevue – Heather Wilkie *
Columbus – Audrey Grant *
Cozad – Ellen Laird
Crete – Kenny Baires
Dannebrog – Michael Cantrell
Fullerton – Brian Wamberg
Gering – Jeremy Eskam, Darrin Gonzales
Gibbon – Aaron Avitia
Giltner – Keysha Foulk
Grand Island – Toni Birch, Patience Buck, Dan Carlson, Dylan Cheek, Paige Denkert, Logan Gregory, Andrea Hesterman *, Kelsey Lehn *
Hastings – Nicole Hamik, Tyler Hinrichs *, Zach Thomas, Alyson Wolfe
Hickman – Kristina Price
Hildreth – Miranda Paitz
Holdrege – Collin Sindt, Ruth Vakoc
Imperial – Chevy Smith, Kacia Smith
Kearney – Chase Christensen, Dan Gibbs **, Ashley Jeffs, Brock Persson, Rachel Stefan, Jack Szymanski, Jaci Uden *
Kilgore – Rose Hafer
Lebanon – Emily Fitzsimmons
Lexington – Carlos Herrarte, Morgan Sentelle, Hugo Tobias *
Lincoln – Suzanne Carnazzo, Sidney Delozier, Cole Chancellor, Lindsey Howard, David Morrison*
Minden – Jonathan Hunzeker *, Nathan Hunzeker, Vergil Nelson*, Matt Stubbs*
Norfolk – Ada Fung
North Platte – Alisha Arnold, Tyler Arnold
Ogallala – Alec Bennett, Seth Dikeman, Mark Messner*, Alex Rudolph *, Cruz Salazar, Balie Waldhelm
Omaha – Riley Barrett, Marcie Bebout, Zac Lindquist, Paula Newhouse, Anna Wagemann
Pierce – Laurie Venteicher
Schuyler – Karina Adame
Shelby – Megan Veburg *
Sidney – Alex Jacobsen
St. Libory – Adam White
Stromsburg – Tristan Peterson
Sutherland – Shelbi Burke, Tim Pfeiff
Utica – Christina Dean*
Wahoo – Hillary Fick*, Gabe Haberman
Andalusia, Ill. – Tony Garcia
Ames, Iowa – Stephanie Holtman
Norton, Kan. – Katelin Koch
Shawnee, Kan. – Beth Roy *
Wichita, Kan. – Bryce Newton
Mahtomedi, Minn. – Kelly Skunes
Cypress, Texas – Chelsea Rasing *
El Paso, Texas – Joel Montes *
Wheatland, Wyo. – Chelsea Sedam
Japan – Moe Takenaka
* Denotes member of the leadership team