Kids enjoy the Fare offered by NUMBSeptember 18, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — With a great big "AHH!", youngsters aged 3 to 8 will again step-off alongside the students of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The band presents "Kids Fare: March with the Band," the first in a series of Kids Fare programs sponsored by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, at 10:30 a.m. in Welsh-Ryan Arena, beside Ryan Field. Free parking is available in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue, north of Central Street.

"The popular family program series is designed to awaken creativity in children," says Judy Moore, Northwestern University's fine and performing arts editor.

Kids will see a sample of NUMB's trademark high-step "fast entry," and will be taught how to give the perfect Wildcat Growl. The students will also host an instrument "petting zoo," where children will may try the band's many instruments, from flutes to bass drums.

Participating children are invited to bring their own favorite (toy) instruments to show off, too, which they will use when they line up with NUMB to march and play the university fight song, "Go U, Northwestern!"

Kids Fare provides "the tools for enjoying, understanding and making music," says Moore, "Each interactive program will engage children’s imaginations and enhance their understanding of music through song, guided listening experiences and creative movement."

Other Kids Fare programs will be hosted throughout the year in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the University's Evanston campus.  They include:

Tickets are $6 for general public and $4 for children and students. For more information or to order tickets for any Kids Fare event, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Northwestern Pick-Staiger website at

—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

Photo provided by Pick-Staiger Concert Office.

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