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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 Ready to Go Outback

DECEMBER 29, 2015IN 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.”

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