Headlines featuring the Northwestern University Bands.

A diverse and highly accomplished group of 21 new and continuing directors has been elected to the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) Board of Directors. The directors, who were slated at the NAA’s annual meeting Sept. 27 represent significant experience in digital communications, international business, talent management, and branding and marketing.

Among the alumni leaders is new NAA President Samir Mayekar ’06, ’13 MBA, who as a student was the drum line captain of the Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band. The co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems, Mayekar is a University trustee who began volunteering for the NAA more than a decade ago and is now the NAA’s youngest ever president. NUMBALUM Bethany Crystal ’09 also joins the board as council director.

"Our high school has participated in this event for seven-plus years, and our students were super excited to celebrate Evanston as a town, and to take their spot in this community," says Evanston Township High School band director Haley Nichols in a story in today's Pioneer Press and Chicago Tribune.

She tells reporter Gina Grillo, "The opportunity for the ETHS marching band to play alongside a Big Ten band like NU is also a great inspiration."

The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, alongside the Evanston Township High School "Wildkit" Marching Band, entertained kids and fans during last Thursday's now-traditional Evanston Day festivities.

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