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Published August 26, 2021
Casper, something big is headed your way. And you may even hear it approaching.
Fans in central Wyoming have the chance to see the iconic University of Wyoming marching band as part of an outreach event next month. UW’s Western Thunder Marching Band will perform at halftime of the Oil Bowl -- the Natrona County-Kelly Walsh high school football game -- at Natrona County High School Friday, Sept. 17.
Known as “Bringing the Thunder,” it is a celebration of UW’s commitment to serve the state and its residents. It last took place in 2019 in Riverton and provides an opportunity for fans in attendance to enjoy one of the West’s preeminent collegiate marching bands. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m., and game admission is free and open to the public.
In addition to the performance by UW’s marching band, “Bringing the Thunder” will feature representatives of the UW Office of Admissions to answer questions and interact with fans. Free UW-branded giveaway items will be available, including the chance to win limited-edition prizes.
The Western Thunder Marching Band is composed of students involved in almost every academic major offered at UW. In addition to playing at UW home games and postseason events for football and basketball, the band has appeared at Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers professional football games.
Natrona County will be well represented within the UW marching band ranks. Former Kelly Walsh High School students include Bailey Anderson (sousaphone); Riley Box (bass drum); Saige Espinosa-Robbins (alto saxophone); Antonia Garner (sousaphone); Trynitee Heaton (snare drums); Audrey Johnson (tenor saxophone); Ryan Larsen (alto saxophone); Katie Prochnow (clarinet); Taylor Saunders (tenor drums); Sydney Sjolin (clarinet); and Darius Wiggins (mellophone).
Former Natrona County High School students Ellie Holloway (clarinet) and Monica Olson (cymbals) round out the area representatives.