Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
Professor Mike Leckrone will offer an evening of remembrances, anecdotes, trivia, Badger Band stories, and revelations about his 50 years as UW Band Director. Interspersed with his stories will be musical selections that were significant in the development of popular music in the United States. Joining him onstage are a trio of accomplished jazz musicians: Chris Rottmayer (piano), Ben Ferris (bass), and Michael Koszewski (drums).
Ticket on sale through the Overture Center Box Office in person, by phone at (608) 258-4141, or online.
As an Artistic Associate of Four Seasons Theatre, Professor Mike Leckrone brings his considerable knowledge of jazz, musical theatre, and popular music to FST audiences through the Listening with Leckrone Podcast. In addition, Professor Leckrone and FST staff are collaborating on the development of an original Great American Songbook show for next season.
Recently retired after 50 years at the helm of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, Mike Leckrone is a legendary showmen, conductor, and educator whose musical arrangements, halftime shows, UW Varsity Band Spring Concerts, and popular music history courses have been enjoyed by thousands. His many accolades include the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music in 2007, the “Spencer Tracy Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts” from the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2010, and the Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madison Area Music Association in 2013. Leckrone was featured in a 2019 PBS Wisconsin film, “Mike Leckrone: Wisconsin’s Showman,” that documented his many career achievemens and mipact on generations of Badger Band members, UW-Madison students, and Badger fans.