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2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
April 4, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Darling, Olsen, Marklein, Johnson,
Miller, Ringhand, Risser, L. Taylor and Wirch, cosponsored by
Representatives Loudenbeck, Hesselbein, Anderson, Ballweg, Dittrich,
Duchow, Fields, Gundrum, Hebl, Magnafici, Myers, Petryk, Plumer, Pope,
Ramthun, Shankland, Skowronski, Spiros, Spreitzer, Subeck, Tauchen,
Tusler, Thiesfeldt, Tranel, Vruwink, Wittke, Pronschinske, Edming and
Sargent. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR21,1,1 1Relating to: honoring the public service of Michael Leckrone.
SJR21,1,32 Whereas, Michael Leckrone received his bachelor's and master's degrees in
3music at Butler University; and
SJR21,1,54 Whereas, he became director of the Marching Band at the University of
5Wisconsin in 1969 when interest in the band had fallen to an all-time low; and
SJR21,1,76 Whereas, he welcomed women into the previously all-male band and
7transformed it into a coed organization; and
SJR21,1,98 Whereas, he required all members to participate in drills and instilled in them
9an appreciation for intense physical conditioning; and
SJR21,1,1010 Whereas, he initiated “stop at the top,” a more demanding marching stride; and
SJR21,1,1211 Whereas, he emphasized showmanship and redesigned the pregame entrance
12to this end; and
SJR21,1,1413 Whereas, the band grew from about 100 members to approximately 300 today;
SJR21,1,1515 Whereas, he launched the Varsity Band concert in 1975; and
1Whereas, he instituted the 5th Quarter in 1977, now recognized as one of college
2sports' great traditions; and
SJR21,2,43 Whereas, he has received numerous awards and titles, including Outstanding
4Educator of America in 1970; and
SJR21,2,65 Whereas, the Wisconsin State Assembly recognized him as a Hometown Hero
6in 2015; and
SJR21,2,87 Whereas, he has helped thousands of young people become better musicians,
8team players, and leaders; now, therefore, be it
SJR21,2,11 9Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the
10Wisconsin Legislature hereby recognize and honor the public service of Michael
11Leckrone at the University of Wisconsin and wish him all the best in his retirement.
SJR21,2,1212 (End)