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Kansas State Fans Raise Money To Pay Fine After Controversial Marching Band Performance

Kansas State gofundme for the marching band.

One of the biggest stories of the college football weekend had nothing to do with play on the field. At least, not football play, that is. During halftime of a win over South Dakota, Kansas State's marching band took a shot at rival Kansas by forming a giant Jayhawk mascot, and having him attacked by what was supposed to be the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. We'll leave you to your own imaginations, but to many, the performance seemed to depict something completely different.

Earlier today, KSU announced set of self-imposed sanctions, including a $5,000 fine to be paid to the Big 12 conference, and a one game suspension for band director Dr. Frank Tracz, among other things. In order to show support for Tracz and the band, Kansas State fans have come together and raised a large chunk of money via GoFundMeto donate to the marching band program. They eclipsed the $5,000 fine easily.

Kansas State bands gofundme page.

Sarah Brinkley, who launched the campaign, wrote this on the GoFundMe page.

Dr. Frank Tracz has been an inspiration to the Kansas State community. He is heralded as one of the preeminent band directors in the country and will be awarded the prestigous Sudler Trophy for directing the top marching band in the country.

The legacy of Dr. Tracz and The Pride has been tainted with one field set from the September 5 football game. The $5,000 fine was imposed by K-State. We would like to show our support of "DT" and help pay him back for everything he has done for us. 

The money will be used to help support the band and DT to be used at his discretion. If you have been taught by him, you know that we leave things better than we found them. The money will go directly to the band. 

Please donate what you can and #StandWithDT.

We're not very surprised with the success here. Kansas State fans are passionate about their football team, and their band.