UW Varsity Band Returns to WPT for Annual Spring Concert May 2

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April 28, 2015

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John Gerbig, WPT producer, (608) 265-4444 or john.gerbig@wpt.org

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UW Varsity Band Returns to WPT for Annual Spring Concert May 2

With dazzling lights, advanced pyrotechnic effects, a flying bandleader and all of the favorite Badger songs, the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band returns to Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, for the annual spring concert. Under the direction of Michael Leckrone, this year's show, “There’s No Place Like Home,” celebrates the University of Wisconsin Band legacy with Badger spirit favorites, energetic medleys and Final Four memories.

The three-night event draws more than 25,000 revelers to the Kohl Center each spring 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 Badger favorites along with tributes to the hit Broadway musical Wicked and The Wizard of Oz.

Guest artists, including trumpeter Jon Schipper and trombonist Mark Hetzler, join Leckrone and the band for the full array of Badger musical favorites.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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