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Voice of the Band Pete Friedmann ’79 Honored With Concert, Fanfare

AUGUST 3, 2016EVANSTON, 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.

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20162017 NUMB Schedule Announced

MAY 18, 2016EVANSTON, ILL. — The performance and rehearsal schedule for the 20162017 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 20162017 season.

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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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2015 Football Kicks Off Saturday With Open Practice

NUMB - Spring Football Open Practice

MARCH 30, 2015EVANSTON, ILL. — The Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band will perform as Chicago’s Big Ten Team is put through its paces during an open practice at Ryan Field on Saturday, April 4. After the Wildcats work out, young fans can learn the game directly from Northwestern student-​athletes.

This is a great way to support the 2015 ‘Cats,” says Wildcat Band director Daniel J. Farris.

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’Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Week Returns

September 15, 2014EVANSTON, ILL. — Evanston residents of all ages are invited to celebrate the back to school season during ‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Week. There will be a big Block party on Thu., Sept. 18 and the week culminates with a Big Ten football game at Ryan Field. The Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band and Evanston Township High School Marching Band will be featured performers.

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