K-State marching band formation causes social media stir

The theme of the halftime show against South Dakota was “space,” and involved scenes from Star Trek and Star Wars

MANHATTAN, Kansas – The Kansas State marching band is taking social media by storm following its halftime performance Saturday.

Kansas State officials have apologized for a marching band routine during Saturday night’s season opener that involved the rival Jayhawks and appeared to be adult-oriented in nature.

The theme of the halftime show against South Dakota was “space,” and involved scenes from Star Trek and Star Wars. During one formation, the Kansas State band formed the Kansas mascot and what was supposed to be the starship Enterprise crashing into it.

The spaceship wound up resembling male genitalia, which in turn set social media ablaze.

Kansas State President Kirk Schultz tweeted an apology for the performance, and band director Frank Tracz issued a statement Sunday in which he said “there was absolutely no intent to display anything other than the Enterprise and the Jayhawk in battle.”

Tracz went on to apologize for the “misinterpretation” and said the band meant “absolutely no disrespect or malice toward the University of Kansas.”

The chart below represents the drill from tonight’s show. There was absolutely no intent to display anything other than the Enterprise and the Jayhawk in battle. If I am guilty of anything it would be the inability to teach the drill in a manner that these young people could have succeeded. I do apologize for the misinterpretation and I assure you that I meant absolutely no disrespect or malice toward the University of Kansas.”

Frank Tracz
Director of the K-State Marching Band

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