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From Facebook and Twitter, to the blogosphere and printed newspapers (and even Wheel of Fortune!), here's the all buzz about the Northwestern Bands.

Kansas City, Mo. — The final, low tones of Carter Pann's Symphony for Winds: "My Brother's Brain" captivated the audience in Helzberg Hall, hanging in the air for several moments. Under the baton of its conductor, Dr. Mallory Thompson, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble then gently brought the penultimate concert of the College Band Directors National Association's 2017 conference to an emotional close.

"We are deeply honored to take the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the road to share our concert program with the CBDNA community," says Andy Hudson, a second-year doctoral graduate clarinet student at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music.

The Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at the 39th national conference of the College Band Directors National Association on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The performance will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri. A live webcast of the concert will be available at banddirectorlive.com.

AUGUST 3, 2016 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Pete Friedmann '79 will be honored by the Wheaton Municipal Band tomorrow evening as they perform "The Friedmann Fanfare" during an entire concert dedicated to celebrating his 35th season as their announcer.

"Friedmann auditioned for the announcer role 35 years ago after being 'discovered' by Wheaton Municipal Band Music Director Bruce Moss" when Friedman became the Voice of the the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band in 1981, reports Eric Schelkopf in today's Suburban Life newspaper.

MAY 18, 2016 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The performance and rehearsal schedule for the 2016-2017 Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band has been announced. It will be an exciting season that includes a road trip to Ohio and visits from the Nebraska and Illinois State Marching Bands.

These performances, rehearsals, and events are expected attendance events for all marching band members, who should register now to participate in the 2016-2017 season.

DECEMBER 29, 2015 — IN THE SKIES OVER NASHVILLE, TENN. — "Welcome aboard for non-stop service to the Outback Bowl!" The United Airlines flight attendant's announcement received cheers from the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, cheerleaders, and guests as the plane prepared for take off to Tampa Bay, Fla.

Severe weather yesterday cancelled or delayed thousands of flights, but the Wildcat Band's rehearsal went on as scheduled last night.

"We're communicating with everyone," says Director of Athletic Bands Daniel J. Farris. "We'll meet some people in Tampa. We want everyone to arrive safely."

Even with a bit of "heavy dew" induced tardiness, the musicians warmed up their instruments and ran throug their newest piece: The University of Tennessee fight song, "Down the Field."