'The Buzz' Blog
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September 1, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — For the second straight year, Northwestern and the Evanston community will be working to "Paint Evanston Purple" in the week leading up to Evanston Day at at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.
In anticipation of Northwestern's home opener against Eastern Illinois, a pep rally encouraging the community to "Paint Evanston Purple" will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at Independence Park on Central Street (one mile west of Ryan Field). The pep rally is scheduled to last from 6-7 p.m. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band will perform, and the Wildcat football team will be on hand along with several leaders in the community, including Evanston mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, NU director of athletics and recreation Jim Phillips and head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
"Last year, I had a great time at the pep rally and the game," Mayor Tisdahl said. "I am excited to see all the Evanston residents coming out to show their support for the Wildcats on Evanston Day at Ryan Field. I am proud to see our community work together."
February 24, 2010 — EVANSTON, ILL. — For the third time this broadcast season, The Big Ten Network will feature the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band today in a 30-minute special called Gameday. The program will air at 2 p.m. CT; the network is available on most cable and satellite TV providers.
Big Ten Network crews followed NUMB during the 2009 band camp in August. They also filmed the band in performance at last October's homecoming game, which also included the NUMBALUMS, the band's alumni association. While on campus, Big Ten Networked interviewed the Wildcat Band's director, Daniel J. Farris, as well as several of the band's members.
September 5, 2009 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Wildcats' Growl silenced the Tigers' roar as Northwestern's football team flattened Towson by a score of 47-17. Northwestern's score was its best in a season opener since 1944.
Current and alumni members of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band played from the Ryan Field stands, and the NUMB Drumline performed on the field. NUMBALUM Brittany Petersen (J09), a recent member of the band's SpiriTeam, discussed the early-season appearances of NUMB on the Lake the Posts football blog.
May 1, 2008 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Folks who go wild whenever the Northwestern University 'Wildcat' Marching Band strikes up a fancy drum line cadence between plays or makes precision forms during halftime at Ryan Field finally have something to satisfy their NUMB desires. Push On!, the latest installment in a series of recordings featuring the Wildcat Band, is now available.