His somersaults high above the audience are a tradition and

Leckrone back with the band after double cheap canada goose Canada Goose sale bypass surgery

Eagle eyed fans may be wondering why the iconic band conductor has been missing from University of Wisconsin sporting events, canada goose outlet shop especially NCAA basketball tournaments.

“I had double buy canada goose jacket cheap bypass canada goose outlet nyc heart surgery,” explains Leckrone, 80. It occurred Jan. 24, and he didn’t return to the Mead Witter School of Music until March 15 to rehearse his 300 member canada goose outlet parka Varsity Band for two hours before Spring Break.

There was loud applause and some teary eyes and a great deal of wariness about returning to work. He received permission from his physician only that morning.

“I’m anxious to get back, of course,” says Leckrone, who became conductor of the UW marching band in 1969. “Besides tournaments we’ve got the big concert coming up.”

In the spring semester the marching band is called Varsity Band. Its biggest event of the year canada goose black friday sale the three night Varsity Band Concert at the Kohl Center is less than a month away (April 20 22). goose outlet canada Besides conducting, narrating and performing stand up, Leckrone annually performs a variety of stunts, such as “flying” mid air in a harness connected to overhead wires. His somersaults high above the audience are a tradition and also his all time favorite activity.

That’s been firmly ruled out, and Leckrone is looking for other aerial activities.

“The honest truth is that I’m not entirely sure what canada goose I’m going to be able to do,” he says. “We’re kind of planning contingencies, with a Plan A, Plan B and Plan https://www.amigosdecontreras.es C.”

Leckrone will need to take it easy canada goose outlet black friday on the high wire this year. (Photo by Gary Smith)

The need for surgery came as a big surprise to Leckrone, who’s famous cheap canada goose outlet Canada Goose as much for his stamina and good health as for his leadership of the Badger Band. For canada goose outlet online uk weeks, band staff explained only that his absence was due to a “procedure.”

“I’m certainly not the first person who’s canada goose coats on sale been fortunate enough to have this kind of surgery,” he says. “I had full confidence in my team at UW Hospital, and I’m even more impressed with canada goose jacket outlet them now that I know them better. They are all amazing people, real heroes. But at the time, I didn’t want anyone to worry about me.”

Before he went in for surgery, the theme had already been chosen for this year’s concert: “Nobody Does canada goose uk outlet It Better,” a song from the 1977 James Bond

It was meant to compliment the band. Lately, however, band members have suggested that the theme should not reflect on them, but on their leader, Leckrone. Others have taken it upon themselves to canada goose outlet online informally rename the concert, “This canada goose outlet store One’s for Mike.”

Leckrone has his own ideas about a new canada goose factory outlet theme.

“Only half kidding, canada goose coats I kind of like, ‘Let’s See If He Can Make It Through the Show,” he says, laughing.

During Leckrone’s absence band department personnel pulled together to cover for him, notably Scott Teeple, assistant director of bands Darin Olson, and Varsity Band Concert production manager Sarah Marty. Leckrone will not travel with the band to this week’s NCAA tournament game, but he will

if the Badgers play next week.

Besides audience participation numbers, multimedia displays and pyrotechnics, the 44th annual concert will feature selections from The Beach canada goose clearance Boys, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Lion King.” Special guests will include trumpeter Grant Manhart, the UW Spirit Squad, Bucky Badger and a few surprises.

By popular request, a new ticketing system has been put in place this season, so that patrons may select their seats online. The concert has also been moved a half hour earlier, to accommodate families with small children, and also travelers. Fans attend from nearly every county in the state, as well

as Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota.

you’ve never been to the concert, you have no idea how big it is,” says Leckrone. “It’s a musical circus, an indoor Fifth Quarter, and we have plenty of seats for everyone.”.

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