(Beaver Dam) The sewing talents of a Beaver Dam woman can be seen on PBS Saturday night during a broadcast of a recent UW Madison Marching Band performance. Lois Levenhagen has done alterations for the varsity band since her daughter played in the ensemble in the early 1990’s. Since that time, she has created several of the outfits that UW Band director Mike Leckrone wears during the spring performances at the Kohl Center. Levenhagen explains this year’s jacket. She says it is red sequence, has a fabric rendition of Camp Randall with trumpets on the back with 150 Swarovski crystals. This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Camp Randall. Levenhagen says she found a picture of the “arch” at Camp Randall and hired Design Advertising to clean the picture up and remove the background which they then printed on photo fabric. Levenhagen says she does not get involved in the jacket making process until the theme is set and Leckrone has an idea of what he wants. Levenhagen says she puts around 80-to-100 hours into each jacket. The UW Varsity Band performance will be aired beginning at 7pm Saturday May 5 on Wisconsin Public Television, Madison Channel 21.
Photos and video courtesy of Lois Levenhagen