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Badger pep band visits Kozy Korner

Katie Elwood and her son Michael, lower right, have good seats for a mini-concert by a University of Wisconsin pep band Friday morning at Kozy Korner in North Hudson. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)1 / 8
Kate Kierski enters Kozy Korner playing “On, Wisconsin!” on her trombone. “It’s my favorite part of college,” the senior biochemistry major from Sauk Prairie said of her participation in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. Kierski will attend the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine next. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)2 / 8
Mark Thompson of North Hudson and his children Addi, next him, and Coen, right, enjoy the music. Thompson’s wife, Gina, was at work. A UW-Madison graduate, she encouraged Mark to take the children to hear the pep band. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)3 / 8
The Elwood family joins in the crowd participation on a number by the University of Wisconsin pep band. Seated, from left, are Katie Elwood and children Michael, Evelyn and Matthew. Husband and father Brian Elwood has his arm raised. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)4 / 8
The message board in front of Kozy Korner invites people to the Friday and Saturday appearances by a University of Wisconsin pep band. Kozy Korner owner Scott Nelson opened the restaurant early for the band’s visit Friday morning. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)5 / 8
Kozy Korner co-owner Ryan Nelson, standing, visits with Wisconsin Band members Alec Larson of Balsam Lake, facing the camera, and Aaron Macalus of Woodbury, Minn. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)6 / 8
Badger fans -- and one Gopher fan at the bar –- are treated to a mini-concert by a University of Wisconsin pep band. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)7 / 8
Brandon Berens of Horicon plays the snare drum. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)8 / 8

Part of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band paid another visit to Kozy Korner Pizza & Sports Bar in North Hudson Friday morning on its way to the Big Ten hockey tournament in St. Paul.

The pep band entered the establishment playing “On, Wisconsin!” and offered a couple of more Badger Band standards before sitting down to breakfast.

Around 40 or 50 Badger fans were there to welcome the pep band.

The visits to Kozy Korner have become a tradition for the Wisconsin Band when it treks to the Twin Cities for a Badger sports event.

Kozy Korner owner Scott Nelson has had a relationship with the band since the 1990s, when he first invited members to stop by for pizza after a concert.

The group that came through North Hudson last weekend must have done its job of inspiring the Badger men’s hockey team and fans. The Badgers beat Penn State 2-1 on Friday afternoon and captured the tournament crown with 5-4 overtime defeat of Ohio State Saturday evening.

The message board in front of Kozy Korner said the pep band would be visiting the establishment on Saturday, too.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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