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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.

The Northwestern University 'Wildcat' Basketball Band Cheers at Welsh-Ryan Arena October 28, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "It's almost time for basketball season to begin!" says Daniel J. Farris, director of althletic bands at Northwestern University.

Student musicians from across the university are invited to an informational meeting tomorrow, Monday, October 29, at 5 p.m. in Regenstein Hall room 011, to learn about becoming members of the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Basketball Band. 

Kids learn how a sousaphone works at 'March with the Band.'October 1, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — This Saturday, children ages 3 to 8 are invited to "March with the Band."

The first of the Kids Fare concert series performances will step off at 10:30 a.m. with the Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the Evanston campus.

Kids fare provides "a comfortable and fun introduction to music through song, guided listening experiences, and creative movement," says Judy Moore, Northwestern University's fine and performing arts editor.

"Young participants [will] experience the drum line, flag corps and Northwestern University’s Wildcat Marching Band, led by Daniel J. Farris," says Moore. "Children are invited to bring their favorite toy instrument and march with the band at the end of the program."

Free parking is available this Saturday in the Ryan Field west lot on Ashland Avenue north of Central Street.

Coach Fitz... Definitely a Wildcat SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The third annual ‘Paint Evanston Purple’ pep rally will begin tonight at 6 p.m. at the iconic Northwestern University Clock Tower at Clark St. and Orrington St. in downtown Evanston. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band will be performing as part of the celebration.

The Evanston Township High School Band, directed by Northwestern alumnus Dr. Dave Fodor (GMu98), will also appear, along with Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Wildcats head football coach Pat Fitzgerald, and 2012 Northwestern team captains Brian Arnfelt, Kain Colter, Brian Mulroe and David Nwabuisi.

Northwestern University Men's SoccerSeptember 26, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band will be on hand this afternoon as the Wildcat Men's Soccer Team hits the pitch against DePaul University.

"Northwestern freshmen will learn the NU fight song during halftime of the match," reports NUSports.com. "Members of the NU men's and women's basketball teams will teach the fight song."

It's a rare mid-week match, but is expected to be well attended at 6 p.m. at Lakeside Field on the Evanston campus. The game is being played as part of Northwestern's Wildcat Welcome, a week-long orientation experience for the thousands of new students who arrived last week.

Dr. Dave Fodor (GMu98) Directs the Evanston Township High School Marching Band SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 — EVANSTON, ILL. — "My first memory in high school band in 1968 is when we all loaded into busses to come to Northwestern's High School Band Day," says Dr. Dave Fodor (GMu98). "It was Northwestern versus Wisconsin, and Mr. Paynter was the NU band director."

Fodor, who has directed the Evanston Township High School band program for 22 years, brought 102 of his marching band students to last Saturday's High School Band Day at Ryan Field, hosted by the Northwestern Univesrity "Wildcat" Marching Band. 

"I understand the importance of the role the band plays," he says of why his band participates in the annual event, which saw over 1,000 high school students crowding between the end zones at half time.

"We mirror each other. We share time together. We share the town," he says. "My students get to see the collegiate experience."

Fodor knows a little something about the collegiate experience, too. While he studied music education at the now-Bienen School of Music to earn his Ph.D., Fodor was the drumline instructor for the Wildcat Marching Band.