Michael Leckrone, the flamboyant leader of UW-Madison's Marching Band, was hired as band director in 1969, the same year that Elroy Hirsch started his job as the Badgers' athletic director.

Known for extravagant antics, including riding an elephant and a camel onto the field, Leckrone will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, which also marks his 50th year leading the band.

A look back at some images of Leckrone over the years.

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