Douglas Bush

Lecturer, Assistant Director of Bands
Area of Focus: Bands, Music Education

Douglas W. Bush is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His responsibilities include visual design for the Cornhusker Marching Band, conducting the campus bands and the Big Red Express, teaching music education courses, supervising student teachers, and assisting with the administration of all university bands.

Bush received his B.M.E. from the University of Kentucky (1981), where he studied visual design with Gordon Henderson and trumpet with Vincent DiMartino, and received his M.M. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2002). Prior to his appointment as assistant director, Bush served as a lecturer in music education. Before joining the faculty at Nebraska, Bush spent 20 years as a high school band director in Kentucky and Ohio. His concert and marching bands received consistent superior ratings, and performed in Cincinnati, Morgantown, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and Toronto.

Bush has studied wind conducting with Carolyn Barber, William H. Clarke, Paula Crider, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, James Croft, Larry Rachlef, John Whitwell, Rodney Winther, and Arthur Weisberg. His affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, Nebraska Bandmasters, Nebraska Music Educator's Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Central States Judges Association. He is an active clinician, arranger, visual designer and adjudicator throughout the mid-west.



Marching Band
Pep Band
Campus Band
MUED401J: Marching Band Techniques
MUED401K: Marching Band Drill Design

Honors and Awards

Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students: 2007, 2008, 2013, & 2015
The Nebraska Music Education Association Bryan R. Johnson Distinguished Service Award: 2020

What do you enjoy the most about being on the faculty at the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Bush: Support from my colleagues and the freedom to work effectively in my job.

What do you want others to know about the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Bush: We are large enough to offer great opportunities for students, yet small enough that we’re a close community.

What are you most proud of in the area you work for the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Bush: The outreach to non-majors and the blending of both non-majors and music majors into effective ensembles.

What do you like to do outside of the Glenn Korff School of Music?

Bush: Bike, travel, and family time.