Badger Band performs
The event was a success, due to the help of many business and individual sponsors, along with members of the I-S band and chorus and the sophomore class.
The hope for this event was to raise enough money to cover the prom for next year's junior class and to contribute to both the band and choral programs for trips and other needs. Due to business and individual sponsors, plus a good community response, the fundraising far exceeded all expectations and goals. Because of this, the proceeds will also be extended to help the elementary music department.
After the musicians arrived, they were treated to an potluck provided by members of the high school band and chorus, and then they treated the crowd to almost two hours of entertainment.
Music included a medley of Elvis tunes, music from the Jersey Boys, some classic 1970s favorites and selections from the musical "Porgy and Bess."
Iola-Scandinavia local Josh Sether was one of 109 members of the Badger Band that were greeted by approximately 825 cheering fans as they marched into the gym in their traditional high-stepping style.
"I feel like this gives us an opportunity to show people what we do besides playing for university athletic events," Sether said. "We'll play a big production number from a Broadway musical or famous jazz composition and then, the next minute, we'll be running around through the crowd doing some 'Fifth Quarter' stuff.
"I was excited to be able to come home and perform for my hometown, but I was also extremely proud that I got the opportunity to show off my community and school district to my fellow band members and peers," Sether added. "The consensus of the band was that this was by far the best meal we've had at a run out concert all year. The reception and the food were awesome."
Following the performance, the band members were served ice cream sundaes provided by members of the sophomore class, and traditional Norwegian pastries made by Lynn Sprangers, Charlotte Vaughn and Sarah Sether.
"The only downfall," Sether said, "was that the night went by too fast. I would have liked to visit with more people. You all made me so proud be from Iola-Scandinavia."
The I-S concert was a small sampling of the Badger Band's annual spring event to be held at the Kohl Center April 19-21. This spring concert is always different, featuring one or more professional guest musicians and added visual effects and pyrotechnics.
Director Michael Leckrone always makes a grand entrance, usually "flying" in from overhead. He's been seen floating down in a hot air balloon or peddling a bicycle through the air with Bucky Badger in the basket ET-style.
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