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UK Marching Band to Play in Fort Thomas as Lorenzen's Jersey is Retired

The University of Kentucky marching band will perform at Highlands High School's varsity football game in Fort Tjomas on Friday, October 4.

Kickoff that night against Conner is set for 7 p.m.

The jersey of Highlands and UK football star Jared Lorenzen, who died earlier this summer, will be retired that night.

“Highlands High School is proud to honor Jared Lorenzen and his family by retiring his iconic #22 football jersey,” said Kevin Nieporte, the athletic director at Highlands. “We are proud to have had the privilege of watching him play and calling him a friend. He will forever be a Bluebird.”

The Wildcat Band, also known as Kentucky’s College Marching Band, realizes that not everybody has the opportunity to watch their performances at UK’s home football games in Lexington. As such, they like to take the show on the road and travel across the Commonwealth to share their talents with audiences throughout Kentucky whenever possible. While in Fort Thomas, the group plans to collaborate with Highlands band students, perform renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner" and “My Old Kentucky Home”, and inject energy into David M. Cecil Memorial Stadium with the other music they will play.

“Performing at Highlands is a wonderful opportunity for the tremendous Highlands Marching Band to see what’s possible for them after graduation,” said Dana Biggs, UK’s Director of Athletic Bands. “College marching band is an experience like nothing else. It gives students that love being in a band the chance to perform on a huge stage.”

The night promises to hold special meaning because it blends so many of Jared Lorenzen’s passions into one setting: football, family and friends, the University of Kentucky, his beloved Highlands Bluebirds and the Fort Thomas community.

After graduating from Highlands, Lorenzen starred at quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats and won a Super Bowl ring in the NFL as a backup to Eli Manning with the New York Giants. Lorenzen was 38 years old when he died on July 3.

-Staff report