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Skol, Woodbury: Marching Royals to play at Vikings game Sunday

Michael Chu performed Friday, Sept. 13, with the Woodbury High School marching band. The band performs Sunday at the Vikings game. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker

The Marching Royals, Woodbury High School's marching band, will be trading their blue and white for purple and gold on Sunday.

The band has been selected to perform during the halftime show of the Sept. 22 Minnesota Vikings game against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field.

This marks the first time since 2001 that a marching band has performed during a Minnesota Vikings halftime show.

WHS band director Tark Katzenmeyer was contacted earlier this fall by the Vikings requesting the school submit videos of the band's performances from this year and the previous two years.

"It's an opportunity to perform on the biggest stage in the state of Minnesota for a marching band," he said. "We can showcase the greatness that our musicians are capable of."

Katzenmeyer said he doesn't know how many other schools submitted videos, but it is exciting nonetheless that the Marching Royals were chosen.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the public recognize the wonderful work the students have been doing," he said.

WHS senior Nikki Hagan, who is the band's drum major, said she excited about being able to perform during the halftime show.

"This is a chance to give Woodbury a name," she said. "I'm way more excited than I am nervous because the band deserves to be playing in front of all these people."

During the halftime show, the Marching Royals will perform "Stairway to Heaven," "Immigrant Song" and "Whole Lotta Love," all by Led Zeppelin, and the Minnesota Vikings fight song "Skol Vikings."

"We've been working on Led Zeppelin set this fall," Katzenmeyer said, "so it was a natural progression to select those songs."

"I'm excited about performing 'Immigrant Song,'" Hagan said. "That's always such a crowd pleaser."

The Marching Royals will report to WHS at 7 a.m. on Sept. 22 to take buses to Mall of America Field, where they will rehearse before the players warm up.

During the game, which starts at noon, the Marching Royals will watch the game on the field before hitting the field for the halftime show.

"I'm incredibly proud of the work the students have done this year," Katzenmeyer said. "I'm thrilled that our year is starting out with such a wonderful performing opportunity."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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