Source: Frank Tracz, 785-532-3818, ftracz@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

MARCHING THROUGH MANHATTAN: K-STATE BAND DAY FEATURES MARCHING BANDS FROM ACROSS KANSAS

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University will host nearly 40 junior and senior high school marching bands for Band Day, Saturday, Sept. 17.

"Band day is a great tradition that has been around for decades," said Frank Tracz, director of bands at K-State. "What a great opportunity for thousands of band students from around the state of Kansas to come to Manhattan and be a part of this outstanding tradition -- and it doesn't hurt our recruiting either."

Activities will begin at 1 p.m. with the Band Day parade. High school marching bands, including flag squads, dance squads and twirlers, will follow a parade route beginning in Aggieville, proceeding down Poyntz Avenue and ending up in front of Manhattan Town Center.

Band day participants will also have the opportunity to perform alongside the K-State Marching Band during the halftime show of the K-State vs. Kent State football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game starts at 6:10 p.m.

Halftime performance pieces will include "Respect," "867-5309/Jenny" and "Sweet Caroline." The bands will also perform the Band Day classics "God Bless America," "The 1812 Overture" and "Wildcat Victory."

Participating schools include: Northern Valley High School, Almena; Andover Central High School; Augusta High School; B&B High School, Baileyville; Ell-Saline High School, Brookville; Bucklin High School; Burlingame High School; Council Grove High School; Atchison County Community High School, Effingham; Ellsworth High School; Mission Valley High School, Eskridge; Great Bend High School; Kiowa County High School, Greensburg; Southeast of Saline High School, Gypsum; Horton High School; Humboldt High School; Hodgeman County High School, Jetmore; Junction City High School and St. Xavier High School, both from Junction City; Fairfield High School, Langdon; Lincoln Junior and Senior High School; Linn High School; Manhattan High School; Norton Community High School; Paola High School; Parsons High School; Peabody-Burns High School; Pretty Prairie High School; Blue Valley High School, Randolph; Riley County High School; Rolla High School; Salina Central High School; Nemaha Valley High School, Seneca; Silver Lake High School; Rock Creek High School, St. George; Valley Falls High School; and Campus High School, Wichita.