MIKE LECKRONE: Moments of Happiness

October 12-16, 2022 at The Playhouse at Overture

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.


“Your mind lives on the moments of happiness,” he explained. “They sometimes don’t last long and aren’t as big as we think they are, but if you can find a lot of them, you can live on them.”

Read or listen to "UW Marching Band Legend Mike Leckrone remembers it all in a new one-man show,"
by Gayle Worland, Wisconsin State Journal

Dr. Frank Byrne, retired president of St. Mary’s Hospital and a friend and fan of Leckrone’s, put it this way: “He’s entertained millions, but he’s changed the trajectory of thousands of lives by giving them the opportunity to get engaged with music.”

Read "Legendary UW Band Director Mike Leckrone returns to the stage in October"
by Doug Moe, Madison Magazine

"There won’t be any of the pyrotechnics or high-flying stunts that Leckrone has become infamous for, said Sarah Marty, Producing Artistic Director of Four Seasons Theatre. But Leckrone will certainly be wearing sequins."

Read "Mike's back: Former UW Band Director Leckrone to perform at Overture"
by Kayla Huynh, The Capital Times

Artist Bio

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.