Spencer Bauman spent his 15th birthday playing trombone on Wagner Field in Snyder Family Stadium.
Bauman, a high-school freshman from Atchison, Kan., said the best part of his birthday was playing for his favorite team-K-State.
Twenty-six high-school bands traveled to Manhattan to participate in K-State’s annual Band Day.
The high-school bands marched in a parade from Aggieville to the Manhattan Town Center and performed with the K-State Marching Band during Saturday’s halftime.
Melanie Caster, senior in music education, said every high-school band worked with the marching band throughout the day.
“After the parade, they practice on the field with the K-State band,” Caster said. “After that, they watch the game and perform the halftime with us.”
During halftime, all bands performed a music with an “oldies” theme, ending with “Wildcat Victory.”
Frank Tracz, director of bands, said the day went well.
“I’ve been here for 15 years now,” Tracz said. “We’ve found a system, and now the bands coming in know what to expect and what to do. So believe it or not, everything runs pretty smoothly.”
Tracz said Band Day at K-State is a tradition.
“I’ve seen pictures from back in the ’50s of Band Day,” Tracz said.
Olivia Cody, eighth grader from Ellis, Kan., traveled 3 1/2 hours to perform on Band Day. Cody said she was excited to perform because this was her first Band Day.
Since Ellis High School’s high-school marching band has fewer members, junior-high school students also performed with the band, Cody said.
Aaron Edwards, band director from Atchison, Kan., said his 60-member band traveled 2 1/2 hours to perform. Edwards said the Atchison band receives a lot of support from its school district and community to come to K-State.
“The No. 1 reason to come is to get the kids out of the community and share their talents,” he said. “Another reason is they get to see so many other bands; of course they get to see the K?ºState band play, but (they also see) so many bands that are on their same level.”