MADISON - The
Wisconsin Badgers first football game of the season will take
place before a nationally-televised audience against
Southeastern Conference powerhouse Louisiana State.
faithful will travel to Houston for the Advocare Texas Kickoff
Aug. 30. But, the university's band will stay home.
of bands, Mike Leckrone, says it's a big disappointment that
the band won't be able to attend such a big game — but it
all comes down to money.
tells a news outlet the game's organizers contacted him in
April asking if the band would like to perform at halftime.
But, Leckrone says the band recently purchased new uniforms
and doesn't have the $200,000 to $300,000 necessary to make
the trip to Houston.