Dennis L. Schneider, 84, of Lincoln, passed away February 3, 2016. Born April 12, 1931 in McCook, NE to Fred and Rose (Meehan) Schneider. Born the second of four boys, Donald, Denny, Stan and Fred. Married Judith Overgaard on June 6, 1953. U. S. Air Force Veteran. Professor Emeritus of Trumpet at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Graduate of Lincoln High School (1949), Bachelor of Music Education from UNL (1952), Master of Music in Education from Indiana University (1958). Began his music teaching career at Falls City High School, Falls City, NE. In 1961, Denny commenced his career at UNL, where he advanced to full Professor in 1974. In 1967 he founded and directed the UNL Jazz Ensemble, highlighted by the band playing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Denny received a Woods Fellowship at Boston University in 1970 to study with Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1973, Schneider began his own band, "Denny's Band", which provided entertainment at hundreds of weddings and other social events. He served as principal trumpet for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and contributed to the Omaha and St. Louis Symphonies. He also was very involved in the International Trumpet Guild. In 1986, Denny received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska College of Arts and Sciences. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nebraska Music Educators Hall of Fame. In 1997, Dennis retired from the University of Nebraska after a 36 year teaching career. He loved UNL and his colleagues, but most of all, his students who can be found across the globe. He was a long time contributor to Summit Brass, an all-star brass ensemble who met in Keystone Colorado. In 2003, Denny retired from the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra after 46 years. In 2012 he received the International Trumpet Guild Award of Merit. He was past president of the Lincoln Musicians Association. Denny was an avid golfer his entire life. He was a long-time member of Hillcrest Country Club. Highlighted by two holes-in-one, in one week. An amateur photographer, licensed pilot, fly fisherman and gardener.
Survived by wife of 62 years, Judith; daughters, Cecelia "Cece" (Brian) Norton, Omaha, Elizabeth "Buffy" Hastreiter, Elkhorn; sons, D. Michael "Mike" (Jean) Schneider, Boise, ID, William "Bill" (Vera) Schneider, Lincoln; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; brothers, Stan (Sheila) Schneider, Colorado Springs, CO, Fred (Joyce) Schneider, Tucson, AZ. Preceded in death by parents; son, Joseph; brother, Don.
Rosary: 7:00 p.m. Monday (2-8-16) Roper and Sons Chapel, 4300 'O' Street.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:02 a.m. Tuesday (2-9-16) St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 7900 Trendwood Drive. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials to: Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, 233 S 13th St, #1702, Lincoln, NE 68508. "Straight ahead kid"
Visitation: 2-7 p.m. Monday at Roper and Sons