Release Date: Mon, Nov 18, 2019

PBS Wisconsin Celebrates Life and Career of Legendary UW-Madison Band Director Mike Leckrone in New Documentary Nov. 26

Photo of Mike Leckrone, photo credit Amandalynn Jones

Photo of Mike Leckrone, photo credit Amandalynn Jones

One of a kind. A legend. Wisconsin’s Showman.

For 50 years, Professor Michael Leckrone led the University of Wisconsin-Madison bands, providing the energy and school spirit for major sporting events, cultivating the lasting traditions of the annual Spring Varsity Band Concerts and inspiring generations of students who marched and performed under his direction.

PBS Wisconsin will premiere the all-new biographical film, Mike Leckrone: Wisconsin’s Showman 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. The program will also be available to stream live at and will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after broadcast.

Mike Leckrone: Wisconsin’s Showman takes us inside the life and work of the legendary band director, with interviews and reflections from Leckrone, band members and alumni, family, friends, fans and more.

From his arrival on Wisconsin’s Big Ten campus through the inception of the Fifth Quarter and onto his final curtain call at the Kohl Center, this new documentary reveals the passion behind a talented composer, educator, mentor and entertainer.

PBS Wisconsin is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison. PBS Wisconsin is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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