UW Band looks forward to its annual performances at Overture

Amber Kind-Keppel

“The expressions of joy on their faces from the sights and sounds of the UW Band is infectious.”


Director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band Corey Pompey says one of the highlights on the UW Band’s calendar every year is their performance as part of Overture’s OnStage Student Field Trips.

The OnStage program was developed on the 50th Anniversary of the Oscar Meyer Theater in 1978. The UW Marching Band was one of the first shows offered to students during the first season of OnStage and the relationship has continued ever since.

In the OnStage series, classic books are brought to life on stage, virtuoso musicians perform musical tributes, dance companies fuse history with innovation and imaginative worlds are explored through various art forms. Designed for students from schools and homeschools, a diverse range of performing art forms connects to content across the school’s curriculum while offering various cultural perspectives.

“It’s so wonderful to perform for a packed house full of young students from our area schools,” said Pompey. “The expressions of joy on their faces from the sights and sounds of the UW Band is infectious.”

Many of the OnStage performances are offered at low cost or for free, allowing more students to access the arts. For many children, these field trips are their first exposure to the arts and to a performing arts center. The trips provide an opportunity to learn from real life experiences and to see the array of careers available in the arts.

Last year, students from more than 600 schools enjoyed 22 OnStage performances with $33,104 provided in ticket and transportation subsidies.

Pompey says he loves a good Broadway show: “I had the opportunity to see HAMILTON last year and was looking forward to seeing DEAR EVAN HANSEN for the first time.”

He understands that the impact of COVID-19 has been difficult for us all, and he encourages the community to do what it can to ensure Overture Center is able to continue to bring the arts to the people.

“I wish to express my gratitude for the Overture Center and its mission to support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts,” said Pompey. “Please join me in this expression by offering your support to this wonderful institution.”

The Onstage series is sponsored by American Girl’s Fund for Children, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, Wahlin Foundation on behalf of Stoughton Trailers, LLC and by contributions to overture Center for the Arts.

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