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K-State Today

September 4, 2012

The tradition continues: Band Day brings Kansas Schools together for parade, halftime performance

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University will be filled with music as Band Day will be a part of the university's annual Family Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Thirty-seven schools are participating in this year's Band Day. Along with the schools' bands, groups of twirlers and color guard members will be performing during a parade march and at halftime of the university's football game against North Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in Aggieville, then proceed down Poyntz Avenue and end in front of the Manhattan Town Center.

"Band Day is a great opportunity to bring kids on campus and show them the K-State way," said Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University. "It is also a great opportunity to recruit students into the K-State Marching Band."

During halftime at the football game, all of the school bands will march with the Kansas State University Marching Band. While on the field the group will perform "Build Me Up Buttercup," "867-5309/Jenny" and "Sweet Caroline."

Schools participating in this year's event include: Ell-Saline High School, Brookville; Bucklin High School; Cherryvale High School; Cimarron High School; Council Grove High School; El Dorado High School; Ellsworth High School; Mission Valley, Eskridge; Great Bend High School; Kiowa County High School, Greensburg; Southeast of Saline High School, Gypsum; Halstead High School; Herington High School; Hill City High School; Junction City High School; St. Xavier Catholic School, Junction City; Washington High School, Kansas City, Kan.; Thunder Ridge High School, Kensington; Lebo Junior-Senior High School; Lincoln Junior-Senior High School; Linn High School; Centre High School, Lost Springs; Manhattan High School; Meade High School; Medicine Lodge High School; Nickerson High School; Norton Community High School; Peabody-Burns High School, Peabody; Pretty Prairie Junior-Senior High School; Blue Valley-Randolph High School, Randolph; Riley County High School, Riley; Rossville High School; Nemaha Valley High School, Seneca; Silver Lake High School; Rock Creek High School, St. George; Udall High School; and Jefferson County North High School, Valley Falls.