Musicians from more than 30 high schools are set to converge on Lawrence this weekend for Kansas University’s 63rd annual Band Day.
And Thomas Stidham, associate director of bands, said he’s been around for 36 of the Band Days now.
“We love it,” he said. “The kids generally enjoy an opportunity to get to campus and see a game.”
This year’s events are scheduled around Saturday’s 6 p.m. KU football game against New Mexico State University.
After being canceled last year because of an early kickoff, this year will see the return of the annual Band Day parade. Stidham said he heard “quite a bit” of negative feedback after the parade was canceled last year.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in downtown Lawrence. The route is set to begin at Seventh Street and bands will march south down Massachusetts Street to 11th Street, Stidham said.
The high school bands — mostly from Kansas, but one school is scheduled to appear from Tarkio, Mo. — will also perform with the KU Marching Jayhawks during half-time of the football game.