Sharon Toulouse
School of Music

Thirty high schools to participate in KU Band Day

Fri, 09/12/2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Music will stage the 67th Annual KU Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 20. Thirty high school bands from Kansas and Missouri will participate in the event.

For 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 “Patriotic Finale,” composed by Robert Foster, former director of bands at KU.

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 Foster and Thomas Stidham.

The traditional KU Band Day Parade, with all participating bands and the KU Marching Jayhawks, will begin at 9 a.m. on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The KU vs. Central Michigan University football game will follow with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff time.

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 and enter the promo code BANDFAMILY for a $15 ticket.

As of press time, school bands from the following high schools in Kansas and Missouri plan to participate:

Atchison County Community High School

Fort Scott High School

Columbus High School

Girard High School

Chapman High School

Douglas County
Baldwin High School
Free State High School
Lawrence High School

Ottawa High School

Jefferson West High School
McLouth High School
Perry-Lecompton High School

Blue Valley North High School

Kingman High School
Norwich High School

Labette County High School
Parsons High School

Marion High School

Osawatomie High School
Paola High School

Nemaha Central High School

Chanute High School Band

Rock Creek High School

Pretty Prairie High School

Hayden Catholic High School
Shawnee Heights High School
Topeka High School

Neodesha High School

Washington High School
Wyandotte High School

Jackson County, Missouri
Ruskin High School.

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