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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – From “On Wisconsin to Roll Out the Barrel,” the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts was filled with typical Wisconsin sounds on Sunday afternoon.

That’s because the University of Wisconsin Marching Band was in town. For one of their senior drummers, the visit to the Weidner Center was a complete experience.

“I saw them in middle school right here at the Wiedner Center and that’s part of what inspired me to take part,” said Abe Stoffel-Murray of Fond du Lac.

One of the goals of the performance was for the band to inspire the next generation of musicians. Another was to entertain the public with their classic game day hits as well as other new and old popular songs.

“They should leave here in better spirits than when they arrived,” said Corey Pompey, associate director of groups at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The nearly two-hour performance included audience participation, some singing and dancing, and band members entering the aisles of the concert hall to perform their music.

The concert was also a fundraiser that raises money for scholarships for high school students in northeast Wisconsin. The Brown County Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association facilitated the event and has done so for over 20 years.

The chapter directs scholarships to students who otherwise could not afford to attend UW Madison.

“To tell these kids that you are the next generation, you are going to make Wisconsin a better place and we want to help you, we don’t want you to do it alone,” said board member Kelly Fitzgerald. of the Brown County chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

“I think it’s important to always remember to give back to our communities no matter what we do,” Stoffel-Murray said.

Fitzgerald said he is a teacher in Brown County and has noticed increased interest among his students in attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison since he started teaching.

About 1,000 people attended the concert, and the concert raised about $15,000.

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