Arts & Culture

'Wildcats Run' to UK Bands' Parents Day concert

UK Bands presents this year's Parents Day concert "Wildcat Run" 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Singletary Center.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Bands will present "Wildcat Run!!" Annual Parents Day Concert beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Singletary Center for the Arts"Wildcat Run!!" Parent’s Day Concert marks the return of the UK School of Music Bands annual concert featuring two outstanding groups from UK Bands with a concert of musical selections by some of the world’s most famous composers. 

The UK Symphony Band program, conducted by Shayna Stahl, will include composer Peter Mennin’s “Canzona,” Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep,” Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F, Kimberly Archer’s “Humoresque” March from Symphony No. 2., and “Virgin Islands March” by Alton Adams ed. Mark Clague. 

The UK Wind Symphony, conducted by Director of Bands Cody Birdwell, will conclude the concert with performances of "Savannah River Holiday,” by Ron Nelson, “Rest” by Frank Ticheli, “Fandango,” by Joseph Turrin, “Wildcat Run,” by James Stephenson, and Brooke’s Chicago Marine Band March by Roland F. Seitz. The performance of “Rest” will be dedicated to the memory of the late George R. Boulden, former professor of music and associate director of Bands at the University of Kentucky. 

The UK Bands represent over 400 student members from several different organizations including the Wildcat Marching Band, UK Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band and the UK Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands. 

Tickets for the Parent’s Day Concert can be purchased through the Singletary Center Ticket Office by calling 859-257-4929 or through their website at 

The School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition and theory and music history. 

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.