Your writers consider it a privilege to have authored this book!  We have gleaned all the material we could find and have gained even a greater respect for all those persons who have had such a profound influence on the band movement in Nebraska.  There may have been a hiatus from 1937 to 1962 when there was no organized band directors organization bu t there was a strong and vibrant leadership in the outstanding programs that had developed throughout the state.

We can be thankful that Art Harrell, R. Cedric Anderson, Matt Shoemaker, J. Quinn  Lotspeich, and others felt strongly enough about band music in Nebraska that they organized in 1936.  The organization that evolved, NMEA, was the direct result of their work and influence.  However, by 1962 it seemed appropriate and that the time was right to create a new organization as the band activities began to expand in all areas. Thus, NSBA came into being and has a created an organization has that has become the “heart and soul” of the band movement in Nebraska.

We  feel a sense of gratitude for everything that developed in the past, great respect for the current leadership, and know that the future is secure with all the gifted young band directors who grace our presence. 

We also wish to thank those of the membership that so graciously provided historical material for the book.  We hope that as you look back on the association in the future that you will have the same appreciation for all those that have provided such great leadership and made NSBA what it is!





Auble, Dr. Glen.  Strike Up The Band. Printed by Burwell Tribune Publishing and                                          Printing Co.

Bierley, Paul E.  The Works of John Philip Sousa.  Integrity Press. 1984

Birge, Edwin Bailey.  History of Public School Music In the United States. Third Printing. Washington, D.C., Music Educators Conference, 1966..

Colwell, Richard J.  The Teaching of Instrumental Music

Goldman, Richard Franko.  The Concert Band.  Volume 1, Rinehart and Company, Inc. Printed by Ferris Printing Co., New York, 1946.

Goldman, Richard Franko.  The Wind Band.  Allyn and Bacon, Inc. Boston, Mass.,     1962.

Keene, James A..  A History of Music Education in the United States.  University Press of New England.  1982

Leeder, Joseph A., Haynie, William S.  Music Education In the High School., First Printing.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1958

Lentz, Donald A., Olsen, Walter R.  Gleanings From the First Century of Nebraska Bands 1867-1967.  Published and Distributed by: Word Services                      Publishing Company, 1979

Schwartz, Harry Wayne.  Bands of America.  Printing and Copyright held by Schwartz

Steffens, Gary R.  University of Nebraska Band-Pride of the Cornhuskers. University of Nebraska Band Alumni Association. 1981


Periodicals and Files:

Nebraska Music Educators Association Journals—1936 to present

NMEA Archives

NSBA Archives

Hastings College Archives–Matt Shoemaker materials

Heartland Band–taken from internet

Personal Interviews/Submissions:

Anderson, Brian–Past President NSBA

Joe Chapman–Past President NSBA

Johnson, Jim—Past President NSBA

Johnson, Rose—University of Nebraska Band Department.

Young, David—Past President NSBA, Webmaster



43rd Army Band off Internet

Wind Symphony off Internet—Used by permission of curator of files.

Private submissions.


Nebraska State Bandmasters Association
NSBA Archives
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