WPT Behind the Scenes -- UW Band Director Michael Leckrone





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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2009

Watch the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert: 35th Anniversary Special on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and again at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

In this interview from the Kohl Center in Madison, Michael Leckrone discusses the work that goes into creating each year's University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert, how the tradition of his "flying" entrances began and why this annual show means so much to the band members and its die-hard fans.

Under the direction of Michael Leckrone, this year's concert celebrates the 35th anniversary of the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band's spring concerts with Badger spirit favorites, energetic medleys and Broadway retrospectives.

The three-night event draws more than 25,000 fans to the Kohl Center in Madison where Badger fans are treated to the familiar strains of "Varsity," "On Wisconsin," "Songs to Thee Wisconsin" and "You've Said it All."

WPT will present highlights from this year's concert, which features a collection of talented guest artists and selections from the Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Guest artists include Randy Sabien, Alli Foss, Cat's Pajamas and Emily Whelan. Sabien is an acclaimed jazz violinist whose work has covered the music of the Swing era all the way to the rock 'n' roll of the Allman Bros. He makes his home in Hayward. Foss is a native of Madison who has made her name as a vocalist and dancer in productions across the United States. Cat's Pajamas are a talented four-member A capella group that includes two former UW Varsity Band members. Vocalist Whelan is a former UW-Madison music student who has gone on to international opera acclaim.

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