Sunday, April 19, 2009

35th UW Varsity Band Concert

Every year, some friends get tickets for the UW Spring Concert and we are fortunate to be included! On Friday night, eight of us traveled to Madison, had dinner at Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company in Fitchberg, and then went to the Kohl Center on the UW campus for the concert. For the first time, our seats were not on the 2nd or 3rd level. We were on the main level but in row CC. So we figured we'd be near the top of the main level - wrong! We were down in front of row A. In fact, we were the second riser off the floor. Just high enough to see above everyone seated on the floor. I'm not sure there were better seats in the house!

Director Mike Leckrone is really a character - he has been with the UW band for 35 years. He is shown here with one of the guest performers, Randy Sabien (whom we happen to know!).

Also performing were The Cat's Pajamas, a vocal band based out of Madison.

Mike Leckrone flew into the concert in a lawn chair attached to balloons. Late in the concert, he flew over the audience, now a tradition.

It was a great performance and a wonderful evening. We wonder how Wayne and Sandy are going to top these seats next year!

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