The UW Marching Band, a School of Music ensemble, has a long tradition on campus, and we are proud of the ways in which it contributes to the culture of the university and spreads the joy of music throughout the state. The School of Music remains unwavering in its commitment to the UW Marching Band and its contributions to Wisconsin.

Through activities such as Badger Bash, performances at athletic events, run-out concerts across the state, and special community events, our Marching Band students enjoy rich opportunities that enhance the student experience and connect them with beloved state and University traditions.

The Marching Band will continue to participate in these kinds of opportunities going forward, continually adapting to meet the needs of our community and the best interests of our students.

We are also grateful for the leadership of Dr. Corey Pompey–Associate Teaching Professor, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands–and his mission to carry on the Marching Band legacy. A valued member of the School of Music community since 2019, Dr. Pompey’s appointment to the academic staff, rather than faculty, is in keeping with similar positions across the country, and allows him to focus his full efforts on teaching.

“Since my arrival on campus in July, I’ve been tremendously impressed with Dr. Pompey’s vision and leadership,” says Dan Cavanagh, Director of the School of Music. “We fully support Dr. Pompey and his work.”

We have no plans to alter the artistic vision of the Varsity Band Spring Concert, an annual tradition which provides a major culminating performance experience to band members in the spring. We look forward to the upcoming Varsity Band Spring Concert in April 2024.

Contact: Jay Rath
(608) 438-0127

Phyllis Bechtold Leckrone, 81, wife of longtime UW Marching Band director Mike Leckrone, passed away early this morning following a long illness. She was surrounded by family.

A native of North Manchester, Ind., she and her husband met in junior high school and became childhood sweethearts. They were married 62 years.

A dedicated educator in her own right, Phyllis Leckrone taught with the Middleton-Cross Plains school district for more than 25 years.

Mike Leckrone joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. Since then, Phyllis has served as “band mom” to thousands of marching band students. Though behind-the-scenes, her care, dedication and support touched generations of Badger Band members.

Mike and Phyllis Leckrone married in 1955. She is survived by five children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to her favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.