Multimedia Mike

With Mike Leckrone’s final UW Band concert(s) on Wisconsin Public Television Saturday at 7 p.m., we combine a UW–Madison College of Letters and Science interview and photos plus several YouTube videos and occasionally snarky commentary by myself: My approach to teaching has always been that is it has to be fun. But at the same time, I have a reputation for being … Continue reading Multimedia Mike

The last pregame, halftime and Fifth Quarter It’s not yet 7 a.m. and students gather at UW-Madison’s practice field, shivering in the dark. Without a word from their leader, and while most of their classmates are still asleep, the 260-some members of the UW Marching Band come to attention, ready to rehearse. “Gooooood morning, Elm Drive!” band director Michael Leckrone’s voice … Continue reading The last pregame, halftime and Fifth Quarter

50 years of drive

The Badger Herald (for which I wrote a bit while in college): “Right, left, pivot.” 83 year-old band director Professor Michael Leckrone hollered at the University of Wisconsin Marching Band as they rehearsed for their Sept. 30 performance at Lambeau Field. The band followed Leckrone’s directions, and their shoes made a “slosh” sound against the … Continue reading 50 years of drive

The impending end of an era

At the end of the first week of 2018 UW Marching Band rehearsals … … came this announcement Saturday: Michael Leckrone, longtime director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Marching Band, announced today that he will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. He made the announcement to the band following rehearsal. Students … Continue reading The impending end of an era

When your past comes back to amuse you

My efforts to avoid political advertising around elections meant I missed this … … specifically this shot: That is future Sauk County Circuit Judge and state Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock, a tuba player in the UW Marching Band (whose annual concerts in the Kohl Center are April 19–21, by the way) while I was a … Continue reading When your past comes back to amuse you