The UW Varsity Band will bring their signature brand of high-energy entertainment to New London High School (NLHS) at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9.
While attendees will enjoy a show lasting nearly two hours, students will benefit from scholarships that are made possible with funds raised at the event. All proceeds will go towards scholarships, music programs and equipment for students in New London.
“Last year’s event help provide an extra $1,800 in scholarships to NLHS students,” said NLHS Counselor Bill Storck. “That was broken down to three $600 scholarships. This also meant three additional students were able to receive a scholarship.
“Our local Band Boosters and Band Students are involved in the event. This helps students understand that music can continue to be a part of their lives after high school. It also may motivate students to look at a music major while at college,” said Storck.
“The more community members come to this amazing event, the more scholarship money can be provided to our local students as they continue their education beyond NLHS,” stated Storck. “Last year was an amazing success and we are hoping to provide even more support as our students go off to school.”
Band students will also benefit from hearing a group of skilled musicians who play with passion. Encouragement for young musicians is never in short supply by the time the UW Band finishes their shows.
“It’s a fun experience for our students,” said NLHS Band Director Adam Hardt. “They have been looking forward to it because the UW Band brings so much energy and excitement. The kids really enjoy the show.
“From an education standpoint, this event shows our students that music can be a part of their lives after high school,” continued Hardt. “Many of the musicians in the UW Band are not music majors, but they still play for the fun of it. Music is still a part of their lives after high school, and they set a great example of enthusiasm. Our kids can see how fun it is, and it carries over to our marching band and pep band. The UW Band does a great job exemplifying the teamwork and work ethic that is needed, while also showing how fun it can be to play skillfully. They make others feel good and give people a great appreciation for the power of music.”
The band will feature about 110 musicians under the direction of Michael Leckrone, who is in his 45th year with the group. Donations from area businesses and community members will help provide a meal for the band prior to their performance. The UW Band boasts many musicians from around the area, including New London’s Matt Karow and Iola’s Andrew Bauer, Joshua Sether and John Faldet.
Doors open at 2 p.m. for the show, which is set to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the NLHS gymnasium. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students age 18 and under. Tickets at the door will cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students age 18 and under. There will be also be drawings for prizes donated by local and regional businesses and community members at the performance.
Tickets are on sale now at Festival Foods, Piggly Wiggly, the New London Chamber of Commerce, The School District of New London administration building, NLHS office, First State Bank in New London and Dale, Wolf River Bank in Hortonville and Heid Music in Appleton, or call 920-982-5822 for more information or to purchase tickets. All tickets are general admission; there is no reserved seating. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.