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Blugold Marching Band Invited
To Perform at Packers Halftime

 MAILED:  May 10, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Randy Dickerson’s confidence in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Blugold Marching Band was rewarded recently in a big way. The band has been invited to perform at the half-time show for the Green Bay Packers when they face the Giants this coming Oct. 3 in Green Bay.

“The band was really excited when I told them the news,” said Dickerson. “ It’s been a personal goal of mine to get the marching band to the point where they could perform off campus, and since I was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi when Brett Favre was there, having our first performance be for the Green Bay Packers makes it even more special for me.”

Since Dickerson joined the music and theatre arts faculty in 2000, he said he’s put a lot of energy into growing and strengthening what was, when he arrived, a fairly small marching band of about 60 students. His efforts have paid off. The group now numbers about 100 and Dickerson expects it to grow to between 120 and 130 students this fall.

The call from the Green Bay Packers’ halftime coordinator came after Dickerson sent him an information packet and a copy of the band’s recently released CD.

Dickerson said one problem now is what to do about uniforms. There aren’t enough to accommodate the increasing size of the band.

“At this point, I have 115 uniforms, including 10 new ones I was able to order from this year’s budget, but because you need to have a range of sizes available, I will probably only be able to put the 100 students in the horn line in regular uniforms,” said Dickerson, adding that for this year he’ll have to come up with some type of alternate uniform for the 30 other students in the drum line and guard.

Dickerson is also worried about the age and condition of much of the band’s percussion equipment. He hopes they will be able to replace some of that equipment soon.

For more information about the Blugold Marching Band, contact Dickerson at 836-2312 or dickerrc@uwec.edu.

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Updated: May 10, 2004