EKU Marching Colonels prep for Churchill Downs

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – In 2016, Eastern Kentucky University had to make budget cuts and one of the first things to go was the Marching Colonels.

After some backlash, the community and university were able to bring them back and now the band is on its way to its biggest performance at the Kentucky Derby’s “Thurby” events.

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The Marching Colonels have been practicing since March.

The band’s director says ever year at the derby, the University of Louisville gets to perform on derby day but before or after that there usually aren’t any other college marching bands performing.

This year, it will be different.

“So, we’re the first group outside of the University of Louisville to come out and play,” said Tim Wiggins, band director.

The director created a set list and he tries to pick song that have meaning to the band, school, or resonates with people.

The students say they are ready to show off their EKU marching colonel pride.

Around 85 marching colonels will be leaving Wednesday night for Louisville.