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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.

Mallory Thompson conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble FEBRUARY 22, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Northwestern University will present its "last concert of the quarter tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall," says graduate conducting assistant David Regner (GMu13).

Dr. Mallory Thompson directs the university's premiere wind ensemble, which will feature pianist Rachael Kerr in their second work on the program, Oiseaux exotiqes, by Olivier Messiaen. Kerr is working toward her doctoral degree in piano performance and collaborative arts in the Bienen School of Music.

Drum Major Will Ritter FEBRUARY 12, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "I'm excited for the opportunity to welcome new members and provide a sense of belonging to members of NUMB," says Elisabeth Sladek (WCAS16), one of two new drum majors who will helm the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band for the 2013-2014 season.

Her new partner on the podium is Fritz Burgher (J14), who is in Washington, D.C., this term participating in the Medill on the Hill journalism program.

"As soon as I get back, I'll be jumping right in and will begin planning for a season to remember," he says.

Of course, that seasons starts, well, now. The new drum majors' first performance will be at the Northwestern Spring Football Exhibition on April 13. They will be joining up with returning drum major Will Ritter (WCAS14), who will begin his second season in the white-and-silver uniform. The experience has changed him.

An Aspiring Musician Participates in Kids FareJANUARY 25, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Children will explore the power and excitement of brass, woodwinds and percussion at tomorrow's return of the Kids Fare concert series. The Northwestern University Symphonic Band will present “Band Illusions,” conducted by associate director of bands Timothy J. Robblee. He is an active conductor and clinician at music festivals and conferences throughout the United States. The concert is the first this spring in the annual Kids Fare series.

Presented by Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the series of hourlong performances aims to spark creativity in children aged 3 to 8 and provide them with the tools for enjoying, understanding and making music.

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The coach was speaking to a throng of reporters after the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band greeted the team busses outside Ryan FIeld, just as they do at home games. The band members, wearing their warmers and purple Northwestern beanies, had plenty of energy even as the temperatures were fifty degress cooler than they were in Jacksonville.

"We're always with each other," said Fitzgerald of his team and the band. "We do band camp together."

Go U, Northwestern! JANUARY 1, 2013 — JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — "We talked about making history," said an emotional Pat Fitzgerald as he addressed the Northwestern University faithful at the conclusion of the 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. The head football coach and his team had just ended the Wildcat's 64-year bowl game victory drought with a win over Mississippi State University. "This is just the beginning," he said.

The coach then called for the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band to perform "Go U, Northwestern!" one more time. Brimming with excitement, he counted the tempo himself—at nearly double time. The band, however, kept up. The energy was palpable. Student musicians' faces were streaked with tears and wrinkled with smiles.

Meanwhile, long-time Voice of the Wildcat Band Pete Friedmann watched from the EverBank Field press box. He was also blinking back tears.