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Q&A: Prof. Mike Leckrone, UW Varsity Band

Over his 50-year career leading the University of Wisconsin Bands, Prof. Mike Leckrone has often spoken of “moments of happiness” – the peaks in life that make the valleys easier to bear. He’s had many of those moments at Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center.

Leckrone flies in with a “jet pack” at the 2019 Varsity Band Spring Concert.

So it’s fitting that “Moments of Happiness” is the title of his final Varsity Band Spring Concert.

Watch the legendary Leckrone take his final bow at the Kohl Center 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 on WPT, with game day favorites, the best of popular and musical theater standards and (as always) many surprises.

Leckrone took time out of his still-busy schedule to speak with us. Read his reflections – including just what he plans to do after stepping down – in our Q&A below!

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A Badger Band Show Drum Solo Selfie

Are you excited for the annual University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert on Wisconsin Public Television Saturday night at 7?

Band member Tommy Johnson – who snapped the selfie below in the middle of his drum solo this past weekend – sure seems to be!

The best part about this year’s show? You can watch it anywhere! Watch the big 40th Anniversary program – with guest appearances from Tom Wopat and Conan band member (and Badger Band favorite) Mark Pender on air in WPT’s viewing area or streaming online from anywhere at this link. Band director Mike Leckrone – and a few special surprise guests – will be joining us in studio during the show to talk about all of the fun!

Want more Band show fun? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to meet Leckrone in a new Wisconsin Life segment and watch backstage interviews with Wopat and Pender from their last visits to the Badger Band show.