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UW Band gets ready for Rose Bowl appearances

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wednesday will not only be the first bowl game action for many Badgers players, it will also be the Rose Bowl debut of UW's new band director.

Mike Leckrone retired this past year after 50 years on the job, passing the baton to Dr. Corey Pompey.

Pompey says Pasadena, California is the ultimate marching band destination.

"There's absolutely no comparison. For lack of a better term, it's on another level," said Pompey.

Getting there doesn't come easy. After months of preparation and a season of performances, the UW Band is still rehearsing and learning new things for their big moment.

"There's quite a bit of work to do between now and then, but everyone's thrilled, the students are really amped up and the community is really amped up, so it should be a good time for everyone involved," Pompey said.

The band left Sunday for Pasadena, after practicing at home to ready for the epic 5.5 mile Rose Parade on Wednesday morning and a game time performance fans at home will still be able to watch.

"The Rose Bowl, unlike a lot of other bowl games, they show the bands a lot. And so that's one of the things we appreciate about having to go to this particular bowl because people that don't get a chance to go to the bowl game will get an opportunity to see us on TV for a little bit during half time," said Pompey.

After his first season, the new director couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off his Badgers career.

"It's been wonderful and I could not have imagined that my first year we would we go into the Rose Bowl, so that makes it extra special. It was already special. But now it's extra special," he said.

You can watch the band in the Rose Parade from home on Wednesday. Coverage starts at 10 a.m. on WKOW.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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