Lawrence, KS - The University of Kansas School of Music will stage the 69th Annual KU Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 10. More than 20 high school bands from Kansas and Missouri will participate in the event.
The KU Marching Jayhawks will join the visiting high school bands for a halftime performance at the KU vs. Ohio University football game. Kick-off time is 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. During the show, the bands will perform I’m a Jayhawk, Stand Up and Cheer, Kansas Song, Fighting Jayhawk and The Avengers, arranged by Michael Brown and Will Rapp.
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 Robert E. Foster, director of bands emeritus; and Thomas Stidham, former associate director of bands.
The traditional KU Band Day Parade, with all participating bands and the KU Marching Jayhawks, will begin at 8 a.m. on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The parade will start on 7th Street and end at South Park.
In a partnership with Kansas Athletics, the School of Music is sponsoring a special ticket package for all friends and family of participating bands and the School of Music. Friends and family can visit kuathletics.com, click on tickets in drop down menu, and enter the promo code BANDDAY for a $20 ticket.
As of press time, school bands from the following high schools in Kansas and Missouri plan to participate: Atchison County Community Junior-Senior High School, Baldwin High School, Belton High School, Chapman High School, Girard High School, Humboldt High School, Labette County High School, Lawrence Free State High School, Lawrence High School, McLouth High School, Osawatomie High School, Ottawa High School, Paola High School, Pleasant Hope R-VI, Royal Valley High School, Ruskin High School, Topeka High School, Central Plains High School, Valley Falls High School and Wichita High School Northwest.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.