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

{rokbox title=|Coach Fitzgerald Says NUMB is part of the Northwestern football family. (Video image from NUsports.com)| thumbsize=|500 281| thumb=|http://northwesternbands.org/images/stories/20122013/20130102gatorbowlwelcome-03.jpg|}http://northwesternbands.org/images/stories/20122013/20130102gatorbowlwelcome-03.jpg{/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 TaxSlayer.com 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 TaxSlayer.com 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.

Daniel J. Farris Rehearses NUMB DECEMBER 30, 2012 — JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — "We love it when our fans and alumni drop in," says Northwestern University Director of Athletic Bands Daniel J. Farris. "Everyone's welcome!"

The Wildcat Band will be rehearsing tomorrow morning (New Year's Eve) at Atlantic Coast High School, 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, Fla. [Map and Directions] The rehearsal will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET.

"It was really great to see a great turnout of fans at last year's open rehearsal in Houston," says Farris. "We're glad to welcome fans to our rehearsal."

NUMB is Dusted With Snow on the Way to the Gator Bowl in Florida DECEMBER 29, 2012 — IN THE SKIES ABOVE KENTUCKY — Nearly 200 students, a dozen professional and graduate staff members, hundreds of equipment cases and garment bags full of uniforms, crates of plumes, three full-size ladders, a podium for the drum majors (and their parade maces), a load of professional A/V equipment, portable public address systems, a set of yard line markers, a well-traveled folding chair for Director of Bands Mallory Thompson, and a large tote of SpiriTeam gear... including the requisite rubber chicken. It's a lot of people and stuff to move.

What does it take to transplant the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band to Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2013 Gator Bowl?

Drum Major Michael San Gabino Conducts DECEMBER 28, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Even as a few snow flakes float down outside Trienens Hall on the Evanston campus, the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band is warming up to make their fifth straight bowl game appearance in support of the Wildcat football team.

"This trip is very important on a number of levels," says Director of Athletic Bands Daniel J. Farris. "We're representing the team, the athletic department, the Bienen School of Music, and all of Northwestern. It's a real privilege."