KSU Band Director speaks after being sanctioned

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The man who oversaw the controversial marching band performance at Saturday’s Kansas State football game defended the show and the program today.

“It’s been a very difficult couple of days to listen to people degrade what I know and love and what we know and love,” says Bryce Garver who was on the field playing the tuba as the Starship Enterprise defeated the KU Jayhawk during halftime Saturday afternoon.

It was supposed to be a Space Show tying together Star Trek and Star Wars. Instead the performance, to some, became an obscene image.

“To hear and listen to people tell us that what we did was inappropriate and degrading to not only our school but our state and country is something very hard to swallow,” says Garver.

And the man who approved the show, Dr. Frank Tracz, feels the same way, “I would never ever do anything of that nature anywhere, let alone in front of 55,000 people and TV.”

The University has been fined by the BIG12 conference, and Tracz won’t be on the field for the KU vs K-State game in November, he’s been benched for the game.

Tracz says, “These kids are wonderful people, they’re hard working people, there wasn’t any malice or anything meant towards and other band.”

But as far as the band’s members are concerned, the apology has been made and it’s time to look forward, not back.

“There’s been a fire lit, people are looking at us no matter what the reason is and we’re excited for that,” says Drum Major, Allegra Fisher.

Tracz says the band will continue to move forward and can’t wait to hit the field during the next home game on September 19th. Ironically, at the next home game the band is going to presented with the Sudler Trophy for being one of the nation’s best marching bands. It’s awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

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