Marching band surprises longtime university dining staff with special show

Video frames courtesy of Chase Maszle / JMU, composite by WHSV
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Ahead of the first James Madison University home football game, the school's marching band, the Marching Royal Dukes, surprised one of their biggest fans with a performance —all caught on video that is getting a lot of attention.

Kathy Landis has worked in JMU dining for more than 30 years. To students, she is known as "Ms. Kathy" and she is a big JMU football fan. So, to honor her, the marching band gave her a special performance of her favorite song while also giving her some JMU gear.

They said, it's all because she cares for the students she serves in D-Hub, one of the JMU dining halls.

"People that hold doors for us, we try to go out of our way to hold doors for them and create a cool experience that she'll never forget," said Chase Maszle, the producer of the video.

The video has had more than 100,000 views and over 1,000 shares but Maszle it's beyond the numbers.

"What's important more than anything is: going to see people's comments when they share the video and just see them share their personal experience about Ms. Kathy," Maszle said.

Those numbers are nothing in comparison to the lives Ms. Kathy has touched.

"I feel very, very special," said Ms. Kathy.

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(Video, modified, courtesy of Chase Maszle / JMU )