NOVEMBER 24, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — On Nov. 23, 1912, Northwestern’s popular fight song, “Go U! Northwestern!”, premiered at a game against Illinois and has been sung by generations of fans ever since. One hundred years later, the University celebrated the song’s centennial with a contest soliciting creative and unique renditions of the song from students, alumni and fans.
After receiving numerous entries, a select panel of judges—director of athletic bands Dan Farris, WildPride spirit squad coordinator Pam Bonnevier and head football coach Pat Fitzgerald—chose the epic rendition submitted by the Boneheads, the trombone section of the Northwestern University Marching Band, as the contest winner. The Boneheads consist of students Andres Caneva, Motoki Mizoguchi, Michael Nowakowski, Adam Snyder, Phillip Smith, Ashley Doody, Tom Saxton, Michael Creatura, Neal Kfoury, Tim Perian, Megan Wines, Aaron Blow and Michael Fagan.
The video was played on ‘CatVision at Ryan Field during a special halftime celebration of the fight song during this year’s game against the University of Illinois.
The winners received a Northwestern Athletics prize pack that includes an autographed Pat Fitzgerald replica Under Armour jersey and more.
Runners-up in the competition included a one-man band version submitted by 2008 alumnus Walter Kiefer and an 8-bit, Nintendo-style rendition created by Michael Kenny, a senior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
Watch the fight song supercut below to see clips from all the entries or watch all the submissions on our YouTube playlist.
—Northwestern NewsCenter Staff