The EKU Marching Colonels will perform at Thurby, the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby event on May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, according to a release from Lanny Brannock, director of communications.

The band will play in between races in the infield of Churchill Downs and have spent weeks rehearsing for the performance, according to the release. They plan on performing “My Old Kentucky Home” and “Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons,” as well as renditions of popular songs like “Havana” and “Uptown Funk.”

The EKU Alumni Office has reserved a limited number of seats for families and alumni to see the Marching Colonels perform. Tickets are $47 and gates open at 11 a.m.

“This is such a great opportunity for our students to get to play in front of tens of thousands of people and to promote EKU,” said Timothy Wiggins, assistant professor of music education. “We love the idea that Thurby is Kentucky’s day at the Downs, and EKU is Kentucky’s university. We see a lot of symmetry in that.”

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