CONTINUING COVERAGE: UW Band will miss its first home game in 40 years - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

CONTINUING COVERAGE: UW Band will miss its first home game in 40 years


Madison (WKOW)-- 27 News has learned the entire UW Marching Band has been suspended. That means, no band for the game against Ohio State.

The mother of a band member told 27 News Friday night,  the band was informed Friday afternoon by band director Mike Leckrone that something happened during last weeks trip to Michigan.

The UW Dean of Students tells us she has received allegations of hazing against marching band members.

You may remember problems for the band in 2006 - allegations of rowdiness and hazing during the trip to the Michigan game back then.

**UPDATE**  Madison (WKOW)-- UW officials told 27 News during a press conference Friday night that the band will not perform until an investigation into recent misconduct is complete.

Band Director Mike Leckrone said he found out about the reports of "inappropriate alcohol-use, hazing and sexualized behavior" Friday afternoon.

He contacted university officials and told students of the suspension this evening.

Leckrone says this is the first time in 40 years the band will not perform during a Badger home game.

"They know how important this is to me tomorrow and they know this is personal just from knowing how much the game means to me," explained Leckrone.

Leckrone believes it was a small percentage of his 300 member band that was involved.

Regardless, he says the band is a team and everyone is responsible for team behavior.

The band will not play tomorrow, but Leckrone says they will practice on Tuesday with the understanding that until the investigation is complete and the culprits are found, performances are on hold.

UW officials say if the allegations are found to be true, the students involved could face anything from an official repremand to expulsion.

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