All the buzz about the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching and Basketball Bands.

“The big show on game day is just part — and perhaps not even the most important part — of what the young musicians love about being in marching band,” writes Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. Howard's interview with Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band members and their director, Daniel J. Farris, appear in the Friday edition.

Even as the Wildcat band is sidelined this season due to the global pandemic, along with all Big Ten bands, the band members are finding ways to find something familiar in a completely unfamiliar time.

In a blur of marching bands and school colors, Evanston community members gathered Sept. 12 in Fountain Square for Kits, Cats, and Kids, a pep rally-style block party celebrating city and school spirit, reports Gina Grillo from the Pioneer Press, whose story was picked up by the Chicago Tribune.

IN THE SKIES OVER KANSAS — "We should have plenty of sunshine and a real nice trip," says Daniel Farris, director of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band.

The band, along with cheerleaders, university staff, and distinguished guests, have taken to the skies on their way to support Northwestern's football team at the 2018 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The musicians are wide-eyed as they receive first-class service aboard the chartered 777 aircraft, complete with hot towels. The three-course lunch includes chicken parmesan or a teriyaki stir-fry, served with a spinach salad followed by frozen yogurt.

A diverse and highly accomplished group of 21 new and continuing directors has been elected to the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) Board of Directors. The directors, who were slated at the NAA’s annual meeting Sept. 27 represent significant experience in digital communications, international business, talent management, and branding and marketing.

Among the alumni leaders is new NAA President Samir Mayekar ’06, ’13 MBA, who as a student was the drum line captain of the Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band. The co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems, Mayekar is a University trustee who began volunteering for the NAA more than a decade ago and is now the NAA’s youngest ever president. NUMBALUM Bethany Crystal ’09 also joins the board as council director.

"Our high school has participated in this event for seven-plus years, and our students were super excited to celebrate Evanston as a town, and to take their spot in this community," says Evanston Township High School band director Haley Nichols in a story in today's Pioneer Press and Chicago Tribune.

She tells reporter Gina Grillo, "The opportunity for the ETHS marching band to play alongside a Big Ten band like NU is also a great inspiration."

The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, alongside the Evanston Township High School "Wildkit" Marching Band, entertained kids and fans during last Thursday's now-traditional Evanston Day festivities.