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Arlington Park: End of Race 1

June 1, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "This is a really fun event that features lots of purple and NU coaches in attendance," says Northwestern University Director of Althetic Bands Daniel J. Farris of tomorrow's third-annual Northwestern Day at Arlington Park.

The event, beginning at 11:15 a.m., will recognize the academics, athletics and pride of Chicago's Big Ten Team with unique and special events for fans of all ages.

"Many NU coaches are on hand and there is special NU race which we play for," says Farris.

While world class horses and their jockeys speed around the Arlington Park track, several of Northwestern's top coaches will be on hand to meet-and-greet with fans throughout race day. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, WildPride and Willie the Wildcat will also be at the park for special performances and photo opportunities.

"The band will play at the park entrances at 1:00 p.m., then the National Anthem after Race 2," says Farris.

Leapfrog! APRIL 4, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Northwestern University football fans don't need to wait until the fall to start cheering their Wildcats. This Saturday, April 6, fans are invited to a free open-to-the-public practice session at Ryan Field on the Evanston campus at 10 a.m. The day also marks the kick-off of the 2013 performance season of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band as they entertain fans from the stadium stands.

"This is always a fun event and a great way to get fired up for next fall!" says Daniel J. Farris, Northwestern's director of athletic bands.

Mallory Thompson conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble FEBRUARY 22, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Northwestern University will present its "last concert of the quarter tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall," says graduate conducting assistant David Regner (GMu13).

Dr. Mallory Thompson directs the university's premiere wind ensemble, which will feature pianist Rachael Kerr in their second work on the program, Oiseaux exotiqes, by Olivier Messiaen. Kerr is working toward her doctoral degree in piano performance and collaborative arts in the Bienen School of Music.

Drum Major Will Ritter FEBRUARY 12, 2013 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "I'm excited for the opportunity to welcome new members and provide a sense of belonging to members of NUMB," says Elisabeth Sladek (WCAS16), one of two new drum majors who will helm the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band for the 2013-2014 season.

Her new partner on the podium is Fritz Burgher (J14), who is in Washington, D.C., this term participating in the Medill on the Hill journalism program.

"As soon as I get back, I'll be jumping right in and will begin planning for a season to remember," he says.

Of course, that seasons starts, well, now. The new drum majors' first performance will be at the Northwestern Spring Football Exhibition on April 13. They will be joining up with returning drum major Will Ritter (WCAS14), who will begin his second season in the white-and-silver uniform. The experience has changed him.

An Aspiring Musician Participates in Kids FareJANUARY 25, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Children will explore the power and excitement of brass, woodwinds and percussion at tomorrow's return of the Kids Fare concert series. The Northwestern University Symphonic Band will present “Band Illusions,” conducted by associate director of bands Timothy J. Robblee. He is an active conductor and clinician at music festivals and conferences throughout the United States. The concert is the first this spring in the annual Kids Fare series.

Presented by Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the series of hourlong performances aims to spark creativity in children aged 3 to 8 and provide them with the tools for enjoying, understanding and making music.