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DECEMBER 29, 2015 — IN THE SKIES OVER NASHVILLE, TENN. — "Welcome aboard for non-stop service to the Outback Bowl!" The United Airlines flight attendant's announcement received cheers from the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, cheerleaders, and guests as the plane prepared for take off to Tampa Bay, Fla.

Severe weather yesterday cancelled or delayed thousands of flights, but the Wildcat Band's rehearsal went on as scheduled last night.

"We're communicating with everyone," says Director of Athletic Bands Daniel J. Farris. "We'll meet some people in Tampa. We want everyone to arrive safely."

Even with a bit of "heavy dew" induced tardiness, the musicians warmed up their instruments and ran throug their newest piece: The University of Tennessee fight song, "Down the Field."

NUMB - Spring Football Open Practice

MARCH 30, 2015 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band will perform as Chicago's Big Ten Team is put through its paces during an open practice at Ryan Field on Saturday, April 4. After the Wildcats work out, young fans can learn the game directly from Northwestern student-athletes.

"This is a great way to support the 2015 'Cats," says Wildcat Band director Daniel J. Farris.

"Our managing editor is Daniel Reck," announced Jamboree Today publisher Stephen Shore in an e-mail to the news service's staff, who will cover the 2013 National Scout Jamboree this summer. Reck is Director of Digital Media and Photography for the Northwestern University Bands and is an alumnus of the band program.

"Daniel has worked on Jamboree Today at past jamborees," says Shore, and he will use his Northwestern experience to lead a team of more than 30 professional journalists and student reporters, photographers and editors. Together, they will help Scouts, leaders and families learn about the latest developments of this summer's national event, which will be the first hosted at the newly-constructed Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, W.Va.

September 15, 2014 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Evanston residents of all ages are invited to celebrate the back to school season during 'Kits, 'Cats and Kids Week. There will be a big Block party on Thu., Sept. 18 and the week culminates with a Big Ten football game at Ryan Field. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band and Evanston Township High School Marching Band will be featured performers.

Major Majors

August 29, 2014 — EVANSTON, ILL. — They toss their maces into the air, squinting against the sun. In perfect form, Drum Majors Elisabeth Sladek '16 and Emily Liquin '16 catch the heavy bits of spinning metal and march on.

They, along with the rest of the Northwestern University 'Wildcat' Marching Band, are putting the final touches on tomorrow's debut performance of the fall 2014 season.

"Doing the backbend in front of that many people is going to be pretty nerve-wracking though," says Liquin, who was appointed to the podium in April. Saturday will be her first full field performance.