April 28, 2014 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "High school marching bands are invited to participate in two events we will host again next fall," says Daniel J. Farris, director of athletic bands at Northwestern University.
"High School Band Day is a mass band event that will be held during the halftime of the Northwestern/Northern Illinois football game" on Sat., Sept. 6, says Farris. Participating high school bands will rehearse with the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band before taking the field with the Wildcats during halftime (if weather allows). Admission to the game is included for band members and personnel.
In recent years, around 1,000 students have performed together during the halftime show, which feature simple straight-line marching to a stationary block in Ryan Field. "This is a non-competitive event," says Farris.
High school bands are welcome to enjoy the remainder of the game or depart immediately after halftime.
Later in the fall at the Northwestern Homecoming Parade, "thousands of enthusiastic Northwestern fans line the parade route on Sheridan Road in Evanston," says Farris. The parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 17. Participating bands enjoy viewing an open rehearsal of NUMB at 4 p.m. before enjoying a group meal with other high school ensembles in the parade. All bands are invited to enjoy the 7:15 p.m. pep rally in Deering Meadow. This event features the Wildcat Band, WildPride, and other VIPs.
Bands should register promptly to participate in either High School Band Day or the Homecoming Parade. Detailed schedules, music information, and other logistical information will be mailed to high school band directors when their applications are received./p>
Questions about these events may be e-mailed to Farris, who may also be reached at 847-491-4751.