THURSDAY AT 10: New marching director leading UW Band into next era

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MADISON (WKOW) — The UW-Madison community is celebrating Homecoming this week. It’s the first for the new Badger Band director.

UW Band Director Dr. Corey Pompey

Dr. Corey Pompey took over this season, when long-time UW Band director Mike Leckrone retired after leading the band for 50 years.

Pompey says it was intimidating at first to follow in the footsteps of a legend, but he knew he wanted to be part of the UW Band legacy.

“It’s unique. This band doesn’t look like any other band that I ever seen. So from that perspective, I thought it was great. I knew that it was important and that it was a band with a great, great tradition,” Pompey told 27 News.

Pompey hit the ground running in August and the students say they’ve been having a lot of fun with him this football season.

“Everyone came into the season with a lot of energy and excitement about our new director,” said drum major Justine Spore.

Thursday on 27 News at 10, we’ll introduce you to the new UW Band director and share his plans for the next era of the band’s legacy.

Jennifer Kliese

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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