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K-State Today

September 9, 2011

Marching through Manhattan: K-State Band Day features marching bands from across Kansas

By Communications and Marketing

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.