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Band preps for Band Day Saturday
Megan Blume
Antelope Staff
Photo by Megan Blume
Students tune up their tubas, and put on their marching shoes in preparation for band rehearsal.
Photo by Megan Blume
Stacia Kluever, a sophomore biology major from Union, Iowa, prepares for Band Day during marching practice. This year 127 UNK students are enrolled in band.

The sights and sounds of marching bands will fill downtown and then spill onto Foster Field on Sept. 18, when the UNK Band Day Competition kicks off, but the sounds of the Pride of the Plains Marching Band have already began as they prepare for the big day.

Duane Bierman, UNK director of bands, is new to campus and this will be his first Band Day at UNK. “The day will give me a good start with getting to know some of the band programs in Nebraska, as well as getting exposure for our marching band,” Bierman said.

Band Day usually draws more than 20 high school bands from around Nebraska to compete in the competition.

Band Day will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. The bands will march from Railroad St. north on Central Ave., and west on 27th St. ending at UNK Foster Field. The parade will include the marching bands and floats submitted by the Kearney community.

“I have high expectations for this event,” Bierman said. “Parade marching is an important part of what marching bands do, and of course parades are great family events.”

On Saturday afternoon, the Pride of the Plains Marching Band will perform several fight songs, as well as “The Star Spangled Banner” before the Loper football game against Mesa State at 1 p.m. Trophies for winning bands will be given out at halftime during the Loper football game.

“This will be a celebration of the hard work and efforts put in by the participating school students,” Bierman said, “and a great way for both UNK and the Kearney community to be involved in the lives of school musicians.”

Video by Amanda Schipporeit

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