Kids learn how a sousaphone works at 'March with the Band.'October 1, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — This Saturday, children ages 3 to 8 are invited to "March with the Band."

The first of the Kids Fare concert series performances will step off at 10:30 a.m. with the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the Evanston campus.

Kids fare provides "a comfortable and fun introduction to music through song, guided listening experiences, and creative movement," says Judy Moore, Northwestern University's fine and performing arts editor.

"Young participants [will] experience the drum line, flag corps and Northwestern University’s Wildcat Marching Band, led by Daniel J. Farris," says Moore. "Children are invited to bring their favorite toy instrument and march with the band at the end of the program."

Free parking is available this Saturday in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street.

Subsequent 2012-13 Kids Fare Season Programs

Nov. 17 — “All About Brass” at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall will showcase the range and boldness of brass instruments in the Northwestern University Brass Ensemble, led by Gail Williams.

Jan. 26 — “Band Illusions” will extol the power and excitement of combined woodwinds, brass and percussion. The Pick-Staiger concert will feature the Northwestern University Symphonic Band, led by Timothy J. Robblee.

Feb. 16 — Wind-generated sounds are the focus of “Air Raid,” as Bienen School musicians demonstrate the sometimes unexpected possibilities of applying air to a blade of grass, kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell, oboe reed, pan pipe and other objects. The program will be held at Pick-Staiger. 

April 20 — “Jump to Conclusions” with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, led by artistic director Billy Siegenfeld. The Chicago-based dance ensemble will explore a variety of sights, sounds and rhythms with its seamless blend of motion and music at Pick-Staiger.

May 11 — The Kids Fare season concludes at Pick-Staiger with “My Kingdom for an Orchestra!” Brass, woodwind, percussion and string musicians of the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra will present a beautiful and fun palette of musical styles under the leadership of Robert G. Hasty.


Free parking for the remainder of these Kids Fare performances is available in the two-level F lot parking structure just south of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. For updates on parking and directions, visit

Single tickets for these 2012-13 season events are $6 for the general public and $4 for children. Families save 15 percent off the single-ticket price by purchasing a Family Fun Pack—two adult passes and two children’s passes to all six concerts for $108. Each Fun Pack entitles the buyer to two free additional children’s passes per concert for siblings, cousins or friends who would also like to attend.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at (847) 467-4000 or online at

—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

Photo provided by Pick-Staiger.


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