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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a new marching band director.

The university announced Tuesday that the Mead Witter School of Music has chosen Corey Pompey to replace Mike Leckrone, who is retiring after 50 years at the helm.

Pompey comes from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has been serving as athletic bands director and associate bands director. He studied music at the University of Alabama and earned his doctorate of musical arts from the University of Texas-Austin. He also has served as assistant bands director at Penn State University.

Pompey said in a post on UW-Madison's website that he's honored to lead the school's band program and thanked Leckrone for everything he's done.

Pompey will start on July 20.

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