STEVENSVILLE — The University of Michigan Marching Band will give the public a peek at the band’s pregame and halftime performances Saturday in the Al Stockman Stadium at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville.
The free event will start at 12:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the United Way of Southwest Michigan.
The band from Ann Arbor is making the stop on its way to play at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend as the Wolverines take on the Fighting Irish.
Lakeshore High School Principal Brad Brunner said the band will hold an open rehearsal starting at 12:30 p.m., where the band does a lot of fun stuff with the crowd.
“It’s really, really fun to watch,” he said.
The band will perform its halftime show starting at 2:45 p.m., with this being the first time the public will have a chance to see the show, he said.
Two years ago, the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band from East Lansing made a similar appearance at Lakeshore High School. That band was also on its way to perform at the University of Notre Dame during a football game.
Brunner said he’s a Michigan State graduate and played the tuba in its band.
“Bringing the (Michigan State) marching here was a dream come true for me, but I wanted to keep things balanced for the kids,” he said.
So he said he reached out to officials at the University of Michigan Marching band to arrange a visit from them.
He said University of Michigan band members will be given lunch and a snack, paid for by the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation and served by the high school’s band parents.
“Our goal is to treat them so well they’ll want to come back,” he said.
Brunner said universities are taking notice of the Lakeshore Marching Band, especially after winning the State Championship three years in a row during the Michigan Competing Band Association.
“They know we are graduating kids every year who are ready to take the next step in their musical careers,” he said.
He said a main reason universities will bring their bands to the high school is to recruit the students.
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