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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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New Drum Majors Kick Off Season Tomorrow

Major Majors

August 29, 2014EVANSTON, ILL. — They toss their maces into the air, squinting against the sun. In perfect form, Drum Majors Elisabeth Sladek ’16 and Emily Liquin ’16 catch the heavy bits of spinning metal and march on.

They, along with the rest of the Northwestern University ‘Wildcat’ Marching Band, are putting the final touches on tomorrow’s debut performance of the fall 2014 season.

Doing the backbend in front of that many people is going to be pretty nerve-​wracking though,” says Liquin, who was appointed to the podium in April. Saturday will be her first full field performance.

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NUMB Sets Beat for Arlington Park’s Northwestern Day

NUMB Performs

May 23, 2014EVANSTON, ILL. — Chicago’s premier thoroughbred facility, Arlington International Racecourse, will turn purple and white for the fourth-​consecutive year to celebrate Northwestern Day on Sunday, June 1. The event, beginning at 11:15 a.m., will recognize the academics, athletics and pride of Chicago’s Big Ten Team with unique and special events for fans of all ages.

While world class horses and their jockeys speed around the Arlington Park track, several of Northwestern’s top coaches will be on hand to meet-​and-​greet with fans throughout race day. The Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band, WildPride and Willie the Wildcat will also be at the park for special performances and photo opportunities.

The sixth race on Sunday’s card has been designated the Northwestern Cup. The approximate post time for that race will be 3:30 p.m., while the first race of the day will go off at 1 p.m.

This is a really fun event that features lots of purple and NU coaches in attendance,” says Northwestern University Director of Althetic Bands Daniel J. Farris.

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