Local bands to participate in KU Band Day

Washington and Wyandotte high schools are planning to participate in the 67th annual KU Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Thirty high school bands from Kansas and Missouri are participating in the event.

For the halftime show, the KU bands will join the visiting high school bands to perform songs including “I’m a Jayhawk,” “Stand Up and Cheer,” “Kansas Song,” “Fighting Jayhawk” and “Patriotic Finale,” composed by Robert Foster, former KU director of bands.

The halftime performance will be conducted by Paul Popiel, director of bands; Matthew O. Smith, associate director of bands and director of the Marching Jayhawks, and Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands. The performance also will feature guest conductors and former KU band directors Foster and Thomas Stidham.

The traditional KU Band Day Parade, with all participating bands and the KU Marching Jayhawks, will begin at 9 a.m. on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The KU vs. Central Michigan University football game will follow with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff time.

There is a special ticket package for friends and family of participating bands, at kutickets.com.

Keith Awards presented at benefit for KCKCC basketball program

Keith Awards were presented to, from left, Harold Spillman, Jim Gill and Jim Woods at the 11th annual Keith Lindsey Scholarship Scramble golf event benefitting the men’s basketball program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Named in honor of the late Keith Lindsey, the awards are awarded to those “perpetuating Lindsey’s unselfish giving to others” or who those who have “touched the lives of several generations of American youth.” Classmates or longtime associates of Keith Lindsey, all three of the recipients have been extremely involved in the fund-raising tournament held annually at Dub’s Dread Golf Course. The owner of Varsity Sports and generous supporter of youth athletes in Wyandotte County and the surrounding area, Keith Lindsey is a member of the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at KCKCC. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

T-Bones acquire rookie third baseman

The T-Bones have acquired the rights to infielder Blake May from Trinidad of the Pecos League in exchange for future considerations.

May is a 6-foot and 185-pound rookie third baseman from Largo, Fla.

This past season he batted .355 with 86 hits, including six home runs and 63 RBIs in 57 games for Trinidad.

Playing third base for the majority of the year (54 games), May had a .959 fielding percentage with six errors in 146 chances.

During his final two seasons at Anderson College in South Carolina, May was selected to the Rawlings-American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Gold Glove Team.

“May is a solid defender and his rookie status makes him in interesting prospect to look at next spring training,” said manager John Massarelli.

May, who will be 25 when the 2015 season starts, was selected for the Pecos League all-star game this past season.

– Story from T-Bones