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From Facebook and Twitter, to the blogosphere and printed newspapers (and even Wheel of Fortune!), here's the all buzz about the Northwestern Bands.

IN THE SKIES OVER KANSAS — "We should have plenty of sunshine and a real nice trip," says Daniel Farris, director of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band.

The band, along with cheerleaders, university staff, and distinguished guests, have taken to the skies on their way to support Northwestern's football team at the 2018 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The musicians are wide-eyed as they receive first-class service aboard the chartered 777 aircraft, complete with hot towels. The three-course lunch includes chicken parmesan or a teriyaki stir-fry, served with a spinach salad followed by frozen yogurt.

EVANSTON, ILL. — "When the band’s announcer had to leave early for one game, [Pete] Friedmann filled in for him as the post-game announcer," reports Savy Leiser in the latest edition of Halftime Magazine. It was a fateful moment that eventually led to Friedmann's appointment as Voice of the Northwestern University 'Wildcat' Marching Band.

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The final, low tones of Carter Pann's Symphony for Winds: "My Brother's Brain" captivated the audience in Helzberg Hall, hanging in the air for several moments. Under the baton of its conductor, Dr. Mallory Thompson, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble then gently brought the penultimate concert of the College Band Directors National Association's 2017 conference to an emotional close.

"We are deeply honored to take the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the road to share our concert program with the CBDNA community," says Andy Hudson, a second-year doctoral graduate clarinet student at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music.

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at the 39th national conference of the College Band Directors National Association on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The performance will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri. A live webcast of the concert will be available at banddirectorlive.com.

EVANSTON, ILL. — Pete Friedmann ’79 will be honored by the Wheaton Municipal Band tomorrow evening as they perform "The Friedmann Fanfare" during an entire concert dedicated to celebrating his 35th season as their announcer.

"Friedmann auditioned for the announcer role 35 years ago after being 'discovered' by Wheaton Municipal Band Music Director Bruce Moss" when Friedman became the Voice of the the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band in 1981, reports Eric Schelkopf in today's Suburban Life newspaper.