LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Music will stage the 68th Annual KU Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 12. Thirty-three high school bands from Kansas and Missouri will participate in the event.
The traditional KU Band Day Parade, with all participating bands and the KU Marching Jayhawks, will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The KU vs. Memphis football game will follow with a 6:00 p.m. kick-off time.
During the halftime show, the KU bands will join the visiting high school bands to perform songs including: I’m a Jayhawk, Stand Up and Cheer, Kansas Song, Fighting Jayhawk and Carry On Wayward Son, arranged by Michael Sweeney.
The halftime performance will be conducted by Paul Popiel, director of bands; Matthew O. Smith, associate director of bands and director of the Marching Jayhawks; and Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands. The performance also will feature guest conductors and former KU band directors Robert E. Foster and Thomas Stidham.
In a partnership with Kansas Athletics, the KU School of Music is sponsoring a special ticket package for all friends and family of participating bands and the school. Friends and family can visit kuathletics.com, click on tickets in the drop down menu, and enter the promo code BANDDAY for a $15 ticket.
As of press time, school bands from the following high schools in Kansas and Missouri plan to participate:
312th Army Band, Anderson County High School, Atchison County Junior/Senior High School, Augusta High School, Baldwin High School, Chanute High School, Chaparral High School, Columbus Unified High School, El Dorado High School, Hayden Catholic High School, Humboldt High School, Jayhawk-Linn High School, Labette County High School, Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence High School, Lincoln Junior/Senior High School, Maranatha Christian Academy, Marmaton Valley High School, McLouth Public Schools, Mid-Buchanan R-V, Osawatomie High School, Ottawa High School, Parsons High School, Perry-Lecompton High School, Pleasant Hope R-6, Pretty Prairie Junior/Senior High School, Royal Valley High School, Ruskin High School, Shawnee Heights High School, Topeka High School, Troy High/Middle School, Washington High School.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.