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Northwestern University High School Band DayApril 28, 2014 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "High school marching bands are invited to participate in two events we will host again next fall," says Daniel J. Farris, director of athletic bands at Northwestern University.

"High School Band Day is a mass band event that will be held during the halftime of the Northwestern/Northern Illinois football game" on Sat., Sept. 6, says Farris. Participating high school bands will rehearse with the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band before taking the field with the Wildcats during halftime (if weather allows). Admission to the game is included for band members and personnel.

In recent years, around 1,000 students have performed together during the halftime show, which feature simple straight-line marching to a stationary block in Ryan Field. "This is a non-competitive event," says Farris.

High school bands are welcome to enjoy the remainder of the game or depart immediately after halftime.

Later in the fall at the Northwestern Homecoming Parade, "thousands of enthusiastic Northwestern fans line the parade route on Sheridan Road in Evanston," says Farris. The parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 17. Participating bands enjoy viewing an open rehearsal of NUMB at 4 p.m. before enjoying a group meal with other high school ensembles in the parade. All bands are invited to enjoy the 7:15 p.m. pep rally in Deering Meadow. This event features the Wildcat Band, WildPride, and other VIPs.

Bands should register promptly to participate in either High School Band Day or the Homecoming Parade. Detailed schedules, music information, and other logistical information will be mailed to high school band directors when their applications are received./p>

Questions about these events may be e-mailed to Farris, who may also be reached at 847-491-4751.

Welcome to the Wrigleyville Classic APRIL 18, 2014 — CHICAGO, ILL. — "We have been invited to perform the national anthem and a few other tunes at the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field," says Daniel J. Farris, director of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band.

The band and other dignataries including Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Dutchie Caray, widow of the the late legendary Harry Caray, will be on hand for the celebration on April 23. The Chicago Cubs will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1.20 p.m. game, which comes exactly one century after Weeghman Park—now Wrigley Field—hosted baseball.

"After both starting lineups are announced, members of the Northwestern University marching band will take the field, which was customary for Opening Day and other special events during the ballpark's first two decades," writes MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

NUMB - Spring Football Open Practice - April 6, 2013 APRIL 10, 2014 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Northwestern University football fans are invited to a free spring football game at Ryan Field this weekend. Ryan Field gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"This is always a fun event and a great way to get fired up for next fall," says Daniel J. Farris, director of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, which will perform as the Wildcat football team practices on the field.

The Wildcat team will begin its practice at 10 a.m. and continue until about noon. Concession stands will be open during the event.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2014 — EVANSTON, ILL. — It is going to look a bit different at Ryan Field in the fall. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band and the student seating section are moving to the southeast side of the stadium as reported by Alex Putterman in The Daily Northwestern.

"The new location [for the band] is in the bottom of section 111 on the east side of the field," says Daniel J. Farris, Director of the Wildcat Band. "This is essentially an inverted mirror of where we were before, changing from the northwest side to the southeast side.  "

About 5,000 students will join the band on that side of the field in sections 111-114. This is roughly the same number as in the previous sections.

"Better seats, more TV time, no camera cart blocking the goal line, ability to actually see the video board," read a Facebook post from Gram Bowsher, president of the Wildside, Northwestern's student spirit organization.

ESPN Last Featured Northwestern on GameDay in 2010 at Wrigley FieldOCTOBER 3, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — It will be a busy homecoming weekend for the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, with lots of opportunities for fans to see and hear the band in Evanston and on the air across the country.

The broadcast of ESPN’s popular College GameDay from Northwestern University’s Evanston campus this Saturday, Oct. 5, adds great momentum both to the University’s Homecoming festivities and to the success of the University’s athletics program. The Wildcat Band will be on hand during the show, which will preview Saturday night's match against Ohio State.