Arts & Culture

Bleed Blue Bash to Benefit UK Music

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2010) − Legendary University of Kentucky athletes and stars of the UK School of Music will collide as part of Halloween festivities scheduled in Louisville. Hobnob with noted UK basketball and football players from over the years while dancing to jazz provided by one of UK's talented ensembles, all while raising money for the arts. The Bleed Blue Halloween Bash will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Gardencourt, located at 1044 Alta Vista Road.

There is no shortage of star power scheduled for this evening of food, wine and dancing. Honored guests for the evening will include UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and Patsy Todd, Jimmy Dann Conner, Louie Dampier, Thad Jaracz, Stan Key, Kyle Macy, Cameron Mills, Terry Mobley, Dan Neal, Kelly Neal, Mike Pratt, Rick Robey, Jeff Van Note and Kenny Walker.

The bash celebrates the award winning tradition of the UK School of Music. The UK Pep Band and various student musicians and vocalists will perform throughout the venue, culminating in an evening of dancing to the music of Miles Osland leading the UK Jazz Ensemble. Suggested dress attire for the Bleed Blue Bash is dressy casual, but costumes are also allowed and a prize will be presented for best costume.

Individual tickets for the event are $100. Additional ticketing fees will be added to transaction. To purchase tickets, call the Singletary Center for the Arts ticket office at (859) 257-4929 or visit them online at

UK Athletics has a growing relationship with the UK School of Music, which trains and manages the UK Wildcat Marching Band, Drumline, Color Guard and Pep Band.

UK Basketball Coach John Calipari and former UK Football Coach Rich Brooks have granted their images to a series of limited edition Maker's Mark bourbon bottles that generated funding to help send UK Symphony Orchestra and students from the School of Music into public schools and communities throughout Kentucky. 

The additional support of former UK athletes brings even more visibility to the positive impact the UK School of Music has on the cultural life of the university, the community and the world, through its outstanding training of future professional musicians and educators.