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On The March: Parade, Halftime Performance Highlight K-State Band Day Sept. 14

MANHATTAN — High school marching bands from across Kansas — and even Missouri — are coming to Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 14, to participate in Kansas State University’s annual Band Day.

Band Day starts with a parade at 1 p.m. in Aggieville’s Triangle Park, with the bands starting east on Moro Street, turning south on 11th Street and then west on Poyntz Avenue. The parade will continue north on 14th Street to Anderson Avenue. A map of the parade route is available at

“Band Day is a long-lived tradition here at K-State that rallies the city, campus, athletics and bands all around the theme of the ‘Spirit of the Wildcats,’” said Frank Tracz, director of bands at K-State. “I appreciate seeing the students experience a K-State football day with eyes wide open; there is much fun for all.”

During halftime of the football game against the University of Massachusetts, all schools will take the field with the Kansas State University Marching Band and perform “YMCA,” “Sweet Caroline,” “God Bless America,” “1812 Overture” and “Wildcat Victory.”

Schools participating in Band Day include:

Northern Valley High School, Almena; B&B High School, Baileyville; Ell-Saline High School, Brookville; Clifton-Clyde High School, Clyde; Great Bend High School, Great Bend; Kiowa County High School, Greensburg; Southeast of Saline High School, Gypsum; Halstead High School, Halstead; Humboldt High School, Humboldt; Junction City High School and St. Xavier High School, Junction City; Washington High School, Kansas City, Kan.; Linn High School, Linn; Manhattan High School, Manhattan; Medicine Lodge High School, Medicine Lodge; Mulvane High School, Mulvane; Neodesha High School, Neodesha; Pretty Prairie Junior-Senior High School, Pretty Prairie; Riley County High School, Riley; Silver Lake High School, Silver Lake; Rock Creek High School, St. George; Hayden High School, Topeka; Troy High School, Troy; Udall High School, Udall; Campus High School, Wichita; Jefferson County North High School, Winchester; and Winfield High School, Winfield.

From out of state: Raymore-Peculiar High School, Peculiar, Mo.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.