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By: Steph Richter
My roommates and I have gone to the UW Varsity Band concert for the past three years, but this year just seemed extra special since it was our last one. It was sad to realize that it was the last time I would be singing Varsity until graduation, but the band concert is always a blast!
This year the concert was named ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and featured songs from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. There was also a tribute to the Rolling Stones in the concert, celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The theme of dreams was very fitting and director Mike Leckrone gave a nice speech about the dreams that the band has, as well as his own, like going to the Rose Bowl, not once, not twice, but three times! It made me realize that lots of my dreams are coming true in the last month of being an undergrad.
One of my favorite performers was Nat McIntosh, a multi-instumentalist, composer, recording artist and teacher Wisconsin alum. He currently is part of the Youngblood Brass Band, but his tuba playing was phenomenal in the concert. He was beat boxing and making all sorts of noises with his mouth that I never thought could have come from a tuba!
Another one of my favorites was the trombone boy band medley. About 10 trombone players played songs from boy bands, current and past. It was really fun to see people cheering for each song, mostly little teenagers for the One Direction songs and then college-aged and up for others like N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and Hanson.
It was fun to be able to experience the 5th Quarter songs one last time with my friends, and that’s what I like most about the UW Varsity Band Concert. There is so much variety in the songs and acts that you never know what to expect! And seeing Leckrone flip through the air with a sequin suit is always a bonus.