Clintonville concert set for Jan. 31
Advance ticket sales are running strong for the University of Wisconsin Marching Band’s visit to Clintonville.
The $30 reserved deluxe front row padded seat tickets have already sold out for the concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.
Nearly half of the 360 available premium up-close floor seat tickets have been purchased. General admission tickets are still readily available.
“With the popularity of the UW Band and its director, those planning to attend are encouraged to purchase advance tickets to avoid disappointment on the day of the show in the event of a sell out,” said Lion Lowell Easley, chair of the joint five-member planning committee.
Easley added that any available tickets sold at the door will cost $5 more per ticket.
Advance ticket prices are as follows: Premium up close floor seats for adults $20, seniors (65 and older) $17, and youth (18 and under) $15; General admission for adults $12, seniors $10, and youth $8. Handicap seating in an up-close section is available for general admission prices.
Tickets may be purchased locally at various locations. In Clintonville at B&H Fashionwear, the Chamber of Commerce and Clintonville High School; in Shawano at Charlie’s Country Market; in Marion at the office of The Marion Advertiser; in Wittenberg at the office of Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News and Your Community Shopper.
Tickets can also be purchased online at http://uwbandshowclintonville.eventbrite.com. Those purchasing online will need to print a receipt with a confirmation number and show it at the will-call table on the day of the show to receive their show tickets for entrance.
Area middle and high school bands have been invited to purchase reduced price tickets for sitting in a special general admission bleacher section close to the UW Band. Two bands have already made a commitment to attend. Any area school band director can email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket purchase information.
Many of those attending that evening expressed to Lions and Rotary members how they enjoyed seeing the UW Band in Clintonville because they didn’t have to travel to Madison, everyone was seated close to the band, and it was a thrill to have band members come right into the audience to perform.
Local businesses are stepping forward to be partner sponsors with the Lions and Rotary to bring the band back. Leading the way is Fox Communities Credit Union with a $500 sponsorship, First National Bank and ThedaCare Physicians of Clintonvile and Tigerton have donated $300 each. Two other businesses — Walker Forge, Inc. and Lamers Bus Lines, Inc have come forth, each with a $200 sponsorship.
Other businesses providing sponsorships are Beil-Didier Funeral Home and Kerber, Rose & Associates, S.C., and Orthopedic & Spine Therapy of Clintonville with $150 each, Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory with $100, along with Clintonville Motors, Inc. and United Veterinary Services with $75 each.
There are also several in-kind partner sponsorships. One is from Cambridge Design and its owner Sara Mullen-Hornung.
Mullen-Hornung, a Rotarian and member of the planning committee, is donating all of her graphic design time and is discounting the printing costs for tickets, posters, flyers and show program.
Other in-kind sponsors are the Clintonville School District, waving the usual event facility usage fee, and Mathew’s Supper Club, discounting it’s per plate catering price for the pre-show meal being served to the UW Band.
At this time the planning committee is still seeking an in-kind sponsor for bottled water for UW Band members to drink during their meal and after the show.
“Bringing the band here is an expensive venture for both clubs,” said Lion Brian Lange, event treasurer. “Partner sponsorships and in-kind sponsorships from local businesses help to defray some of the necessary expenses that total over $8,000.”
Lange added, “Besides providing the community with an outstanding entertainment event, both clubs use the show as a fundraiser. After all expenses are paid and the band is paid its contractual obligated share of the profit, the remaining profit will be used to fund the community service projects of both clubs and for each to give donations to their respective parent organizations for national and international humanitarian efforts.”
Businesses still wishing to become partner sponsors can still do so, as the deadline has been extended to Jan. 20. All partner sponsors will get recognition by the show’s master of ceremonies, will be recognized in the eight-page printed show program, and will be listed in a thank-you ad in the Tribune-Gazette.