THE U-W MARCHING BAND IS
AN ICONIC SYMBOL OF THE UNIVERSITY.
THEIR 300 BAND MEMBERS ALL WEAR THE SAME UNIFORM AND
MOVE AS ONE AT CAMP RANDALL.
-- ERIC --
BUT AS NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS US - WHILE
THEY MARCH FOR THE UNIVERSITY - ONE SATURDAY EACH
YEAR - THEY MARCH FOR A CAUSE.
THIS IS A STORY YOU SEE ONLY ON NEWS THREE.
it is really one giant family of 300 people.
EVERY NOTE - EVERY STEP IS DONE AS ONE.
FOR THE U-W BAND AND IT'S DIRECTOR MIKE LECKRONE
here we go.
THIS IS ALL ABOUT PRIDE.
i think they march for bucky, they are marching for
the university and they take great pride in being
representatives of the university all the time.
AND WHEN YOU WORK TOGETHER HOUR AFTER HOUR AND DAY
AFTER DAY - THERE IS A BOND.
it is essentiallly my uw family.
AND FOR BAND MEMBERS - LIKE MICKEY FRANCIS - THE WORD
FAMILY HOLDS MEANING.
i'm pretty close with my family.
i text my mom every night still.
AND FROM THE VERY BEGINNING - THERE WAS AUNT JUDY.
she was my god mother, still is.
she was with me in the birthing room and everything.
she really probably was one of my moms best friends
and she was really close to our family.
THEY DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND SHARED A PASSION.
she was a badger fan.
she enjoyed watching the games at our family gatherings
TOGETHER - A FAMILY - UNTIL JUDY LOST HER BATTLE WITH
i never really had a chance to thank her for all the
support she gave me.
THAT WAS UNTIL HIS U-W FAMILY EMBRACED A PROJECT WITH
THE CARBONE CANCER CENTER - CALLED BAND TOGETHER TO
they came up with the
idea of every band member representing
somebody with a sash as they go on the field.
NAMES ON A SASH TO REMEMBER HOW CANCER TOUCHES LIVES.
FOR MICKEY - THE CHOICE WAS EASY.
she was the first person that came to my mind and
really the obvious choice.
THEY WOULD MARCH THAT DAY AS A U-W FAMILY OF 300 -
ACTUALLY - MAKE THAT 301.
i know that she was with me that day when i had her
name on my shirt, so.
A REMINDER OF A DISEASE THAT TOUCHES SO MANY FAMILIES
AND OF THE NEED TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH TO FIGHT IT.
NAMES - FAMILIES - THAT MAKE THIS SO PERSONAL.
unlike in football where they say you don't march
for the name on the back, or you don't play for the
name on the back, i got to march for someone on my
back and that day when i lined up for the tunnel...i
could definitely feel that she was with me.
A BANDING TOGETHER OF FAMILIES - AND THERE ARE FEW
THINGS MORE POWERFUL THAN THAT.
i know wearing a sash is such a little thing but for
me it felt like it was a great way to honor her.
THIS YEAR - BAND TOGETHER TO BEAT CANCER WILL HAPPEN
ON NOVEMBER 15 DURING THE BADGER GAME WITH NEBRASKA.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN HAVING THE NAME OF LOVED ONE
PLACED ON A SASH WORN BY THE BAND CAN DO FOR 250 DOLLAR
DONATION TO U-W CARBONE CANCER CENTER.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE THAT CONTRIBUTION
- GO TO OUR STORY ON CHANNEL 3000 DOT COM.
FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE ON THE NOVEMBER 15 - THE
SASH WILL BE SENT TO YOU.