Archive for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

40 years ago: Thousands of young musicians to fill KU stadium on Band Day

September 18, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 18, 1972:

  • With a local referendum on the ballot tomorrow, County Clerk Delbert Mathia was estimating a turnout of 7,000 voters. About 60 absentee ballots had already been cast in the election, which was to determine the fate of a 1,780-acre area that had been annexed into the city. Kansas Power and Light Co.'s generating plant was in the annexed area, and KPL had asked the Kansas Corporation Commission for a 10 1/2 percent surcharge on Lawrence customer bills to offset higher city taxes if the annexation were sustained by the referendum.
  • About 80 visiting bands composed of more than 7,000 participants were expected to be on the field at half-time during the upcoming Kansas-Wyoming game. Bob Foster, director of the Kansas University bands, said that 5,774 young people would be playing instruments, while more than 80 drum majors and 500 twirlers and pom-pon girls were to be on the track. The bands were to march in a parade through downtown Lawrence earlier in the day, but on an altered route due to the ongoing construction project on Massachusetts Street.


Carol Braden 5 years, 7 months ago

I have wonderful memories of bus loads and bus loads of marching band members unloading in front of our house on Tennessee Street. We would wake up to the sounds of the busses arriving. Bands filled 2 - 3 blocks of Tennessee and Kentucky and all through the park. The parade lasted what seemed like forever!

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