UW Varsity band in concert.

UW Band Alumni Association

Mike Leckrone Memories

Mike Leckrone has influenced many lives throughout his career as Director of Bands at UW-Madison. His leadership has made the marching band the best in the country. Leckrone has instilled, passion, drive and musicianship in those who have marked time in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He is many things to many people, but first and foremost, he is a teacher. His lessons came in different ways. He used different methods. Many of his lessons on the practice field, on game days at Camp Randall, road trips, and through Varsity Band experiences have shaped lives.

The University of Wisconsin Band Alumni Association would like to pay tribute to Mike and the positive influence he has had on so many people. Toward that end, the UWBAA is inviting you to share your story. We are seeking your stories that show Mike as a teacher, the circumstances of the lesson, how you learned it, and how the band experience or Mike’s lessons have affected your lives. We will take those stories you post on the Band Alumni Facebook page and compile them into a book we will present to Mike. Through your words we will tell the story of his impact and life with the UW Marching Band.

Take a look at Mark Nepper’s story and get an idea of how you might approach writing your own.

Holiday Horns

The UW Varsity Band invites all band alumni to join their younger and studious counterparts during the games listed below. The basketball and hockey teams are embarking on successful seasons, so here’s your chance to cheer for both teams. You’ll need your band alumni membership card in order to enter the Kohl Center. Attendance is free for all card-carrying band alumni who wish to play.

  • 1/6/17: Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan State – Begin Playing at 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/7/17: Men’s Hockey vs. Michigan State – Begin Playing at 6:30 p.m.
  • 1/11/17: Women’s Basketball vs. Purdue – Begin Playing at 6:30 p.m.
  • 1/12/17: Men’s Basketball vs. Ohio State – Begin Playing at 5:15 p.m.

Holiday Get-Together

Join your fellow alumni on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 immediately following the Wisconsin vs. Michigan State hockey game at the Red Zone, 1212 Regent Street in Madison. You will be treated to free snacks and refreshments if you have your UWBAA membership card and you played your horn at the game!

2017 Varsity Band Concert

This is a reminder to UWBAA members that tickets for the 2017 Varsity Band Concert are on sale now. As in the past, we’ve set aside seats for an alumni band section on Saturday.

Save the Date for the 2017 Band Alumni Reunion

This year’s Alumni Band Day will be Saturday, Sept. 9, 2016 when our UW Badger football team takes on the Owls of Florida Atlantic University. More information will be sent in the summer newsletter.


Stay connected

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UWBAA is on Facebook: Converse, share photos, and get in touch with fellow alumni on the UWBAA Facebook page.


UWBAA Pictures
Gary Smith has put together a collection of alumni photos. Thank you, Gary!


100 years of ‘On, Wisconsin!’
Great article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel! Also a wonderful video by UW Band Alumna Meg Jones.