Part of UW Band won’t get to march in bowl game

Part of UW Band won’t get to march in bowl game

In a matter of weeks the University of Wisconsin football team will head to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl, but part of the UW Band won’t be along for the trip for the first time in Badger bowl game history.

Band Director Mike Leckrone announced Tuesday that all freshmen in the band will not be going on the trip because of budget issues. He was told by university officials he could only send about 200 members on the trip, so about 85 students and a handful of staff have been cut from the trip.

“When all of us found out we were pretty upset, so all of the freshman trombone players went out to get ice cream and spent rest of the day together,” said Dani Wetter, UW Freshman and band member. “I had to call my parents and let them know not to get tickets.”

Leckrone called it a “major disappointment” because of the work students had put in throughout the year.

“The students gave an awful lot this year and the set that as a goal and to have that unrealized, I felt like a real cad,” Leckrone said.

Leckrone said he was told by UW Athletics they would only cover the cost of 225 band members. Leckrone said he was not given the option to fund for the additional students like in past years.

“Up to this year we’ve always been able to do it. I don’t know if the word is flexible but this year we’ve always been able to say ‘yes we’re going to go ahead with the number and we’ll pay for it’ and we’ve always come up with the funds to do it,” Leckrone said.

He said even if the $100,000 was raised it would be a “logistical nightmare,” to get additional flights and hotel rooms.

Calls to the UW Athletic Department weren’t immediately returned to News 3.