The Finest Band in the Land

Art in motion, energy in every step, the Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band (NUMB) has been recognized as one of the finest collegiate marching bands in the country for its display of intricate music, original drill and traditions that span more than half a century. NUMB hosts a cast of players representing every school, major, and residence hall on campus.

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Wildcat Band Returns to Wrigley Field for Centennial

Welcome to the Wrigleyville Classic APRIL 18, 2014CHICAGO, ILL. — “We have been invited to perform the national anthem and a few other tunes at the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field,” says Daniel J. Farris, director of the Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band.

The band and other dignataries including Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Dutchie Caray, widow of the the late legendary Harry Caray, will be on hand for the celebration on April 23. The Chicago Cubs will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1.20 p.m. game, which comes exactly one century after Weeghman Park — now Wrigley Field — hosted baseball.

After both starting lineups are announced, members of the Northwestern University marching band will take the field, which was customary for Opening Day and other special events during the ballpark’s first two decades,” writes’s Carrie Muskat.