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

Arlington Park: End of Race 1

June 1, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "This is a really fun event that features lots of purple and NU coaches in attendance," says Northwestern University Director of Althetic Bands Daniel J. Farris of tomorrow's third-annual Northwestern Day at Arlington Park.

The event, beginning at 11:15 a.m., will recognize the academics, athletics and pride of Chicago's Big Ten Team with unique and special events for fans of all ages.

"Many NU coaches are on hand and there is special NU race which we play for," says Farris.

While world class horses and their jockeys speed around the Arlington Park track, several of Northwestern's top coaches will be on hand to meet-and-greet with fans throughout race day. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, WildPride and Willie the Wildcat will also be at the park for special performances and photo opportunities.

"The band will play at the park entrances at 1:00 p.m., then the National Anthem after Race 2," says Farris.

Leapfrog! APRIL 4, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Northwestern University football fans don't need to wait until the fall to start cheering their Wildcats. This Saturday, April 6, fans are invited to a free open-to-the-public practice session at Ryan Field on the Evanston campus at 10 a.m. The day also marks the kick-off of the 2013 performance season of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band as they entertain fans from the stadium stands.

"This is always a fun event and a great way to get fired up for next fall!" says Daniel J. Farris, Northwestern's director of athletic bands.

Drum Major Will Ritter FEBRUARY 12, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "I'm excited for the opportunity to welcome new members and provide a sense of belonging to members of NUMB," says Elisabeth Sladek (WCAS16), one of two new drum majors who will helm the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band for the 2013-2014 season.

Her new partner on the podium is Fritz Burgher (J14), who is in Washington, D.C., this term participating in the Medill on the Hill journalism program.

"As soon as I get back, I'll be jumping right in and will begin planning for a season to remember," he says.

Of course, that seasons starts, well, now. The new drum majors' first performance will be at the Northwestern Spring Football Exhibition on April 13. They will be joining up with returning drum major Will Ritter (WCAS14), who will begin his second season in the white-and-silver uniform. The experience has changed him.

{rokbox title=|Coach Fitzgerald Says NUMB is part of the Northwestern football family. (Video image from| thumbsize=|500 281| thumb=||}{/rokbox} JANUARY 2, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "You know, we feel like NUMB is part of our football family," said Northwestern University Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald, moments after his team arrived back on the Evanston campus after winning the 2013 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., yesterday.

The coach was speaking to a throng of reporters after the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band greeted the team busses outside Ryan FIeld, just as they do at home games. The band members, wearing their warmers and purple Northwestern beanies, had plenty of energy even as the temperatures were fifty degress cooler than they were in Jacksonville.

"We're always with each other," said Fitzgerald of his team and the band. "We do band camp together."

Go U, Northwestern! JANUARY 1, 2013 — JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — "We talked about making history," said an emotional Pat Fitzgerald as he addressed the Northwestern University faithful at the conclusion of the 2013 Gator Bowl. The head football coach and his team had just ended the Wildcat's 64-year bowl game victory drought with a win over Mississippi State University. "This is just the beginning," he said.

The coach then called for the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band to perform "Go U, Northwestern!" one more time. Brimming with excitement, he counted the tempo himself—at nearly double time. The band, however, kept up. The energy was palpable. Student musicians' faces were streaked with tears and wrinkled with smiles.

Meanwhile, long-time Voice of the Wildcat Band Pete Friedmann watched from the EverBank Field press box. He was also blinking back tears.