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Source: Frank Tracz, 785-532-3818,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535,

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The Pride of Wildcat Land, the Kansas State University Marching Band, will perform at a variety of locations throughout the fall 2010 semester.

The marching band's next performance will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at the K-State vs. Iowa State football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

"The performance at Arrowhead is a very special event for us," said Frank Tracz, professor and director of bands at K-State. "The band looks forward to hitting the road and performing for alumni in Kansas City and surrounding areas."

The band will be featured in a combined halftime show with the Iowa State marching band. Each band will have five minutes for individual shows, and then will combine talents -- with more than 650 musicians -- for performances of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" and John Phillips Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

The band will perform at all home football games and at other events throughout the semester. Performances include:

* K-State vs. Central Florida Football game, Saturday, Sept. 25, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The band will be joined by the K-State Pershing Rifle Company's G-7 Precision Drill Team in a halftime performance that will highlight the university's close relationship with the U.S. Army, Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division.

* K-State vs. KU football game, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The marching band will travel in full force to support the team and perform at this year's Sunflower Showdown. Their halftime performance, "Blood, Sweat and Tears," features "Lucretia MacEvil," "And When I Die" and "God Bless the Child."

* The 24th annual "Central States Marching Festival," 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The largest festival of its kind in the region, it has become the premier marching festival in the state. Thirty-five high school bands will perform throughout the day, culminating in a finale performance by the K-State Marching Band. The festival's format includes a one-hour clinic for each band administered by the directors and staff of the K-State band, a performance evaluation from a panel of nationally recognized judges and a video critique in the indoor football facility immediately following each performance.

* K-State Marching Band Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Ahearn Field House. The marching band will play musical selections from the season with performances by the Classy Cats, color guard and twirlers.