Push On!May 1, 2008EVANSTON, ILL. — Folks who go wild whenever the Northwestern University ‘Wildcat’ Marching Band strikes up a fancy drum line cadence between plays or makes precision forms during halftime at Ryan Field finally have something to satisfy their NUMB desires. Push On!, the latest installment in a series of recordings featuring the Wildcat Band, is now available.

The new album features twenty tracks of favorite halftime shows, stands tunes, the famous NUMB pre-​game entry sequence, and of course Northwestern fight songs “Go ‘U’ Northwestern” and “Rise, Northwestern.” The common moniker for the second tune, “Push On!,” provides the title for the new release, which was recorded by the band during special sessions in Pick-​Staiger Concert Hall.

Dan FarrisDirector of Athletic Bands Mr. Dan Farris conducted the band in their recorded performance, and doctoral conducting student Travis Cross (GMu06) produced the recording. Charles B. Hawes (Mu67, GMu 70, G77) was the project’s engineer.

Farris said, “We’re very happy and excited to have the CD out and appreciative of the support the NUMBALUMS have given the project.”

The band’s newest CD is funded by the NUMBALUMS, the official alumni organization of the Northwestern Bands. This is the third album sponsored by the NUMBALUMS, with the first being Contemporaries, featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble led by Dr. Mallory Thompson (Mu79, GMu80). The second was Hail to Purple, a 50-​year retrospective of the music of the Northwestern University Marching Band that has sold more than 1,500 copies.

Push On! sells for $15 and is available in the Norris University Bookstore and can be purchased online here. The Wildcat Band’s previous album, Hail to Purple, is also available online for $16. Online orders are processed by the NUMBALUMS and require an additional $5 shipping fee.

Push On! Track List

  1. Salsation Cadence
  2. Pregame Entrance
    • Fast Entry Cadence
    • Go U Fanfare
    • Push On (Rise, Northwestern)
  3. Patriotic Medley
    • You’re a Grand Old Flag
    • God Bless America
  4. Rocky Point Holiday
  5. Fire Dance
  6. The Wind and the Lion
  7. Great Moments in Cinema, Part 2
    • Cadillac of the Skies (from Empire of the Sun)
    • The Land Race (from Far and Away)
  8. Ya Gotta Try
  9. Kenton Medley
    • La Suerte de los Tontos
    • El Congo Valiente
  10. Shake a Tail Feather
  11. Battle Hymn
  12. Traditional (Percussion Cadence)
  13. Shockwave (Percussion Cadence)
  14. Spider Cadence (Percussion Cadence)
  15. Hey! Baby!
  16. Chipotle Cheer
  17. Push On (Rise, Northwestern)
  18. Mambo Cheer
  19. Go “U” Northwestern
  20. University Alma Mater
—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

The Buzz

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.”