Headlines featuring the Northwestern University Bands.

The Northwestern Concert BandSeptember 15, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Northwestern University Concert Band will once again be offered to students on a year-round basis during the 2011-2012 academic year. The first concert of the season is scheduled for 3 p.m. on November 20 in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

"I'm excited...and I hope you can participate this fall," says Daniel J. Farris, director of the University's athletic bands, who also conducts the Concert Band.

The Concert Band is one of ten music ensembles offered by the Bienen School of Music which is open to all qualified Northwestern students, regardless of their major, but it is the only band in the offerings aside from the "Wildcat" Marching Band.  Instrumental students may also join the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Small Ensembles, the Baroque Music Ensemble, or Philharmonia (the University orchestra).  Several choral options are also available.

For the Concert Band, "Auditions will occur during the first few days of classes, and our first rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 29," says Farris. Students may sign up for a ten-minute audition time at  Additional audition information is available below in this article.

Children enjoy Evanston DaySeptember 1, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — For the second straight year, Northwestern and the Evanston community will be working to "Paint Evanston Purple" in the week leading up to Evanston Day at at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. 

In anticipation of Northwestern's home opener against Eastern Illinois, a pep rally encouraging the community to "Paint Evanston Purple" will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at Independence Park on Central Street (one mile west of Ryan Field). The pep rally is scheduled to last from 6-7 p.m. The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band will perform, and the Wildcat football team will be on hand along with several leaders in the community, including Evanston mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, NU director of athletics and recreation Jim Phillips and head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"Last year, I had a great time at the pep rally and the game," Mayor Tisdahl said. "I am excited to see all the Evanston residents coming out to show their support for the Wildcats on Evanston Day at Ryan Field. I am proud to see our community work together."

Millenium Park in ChicagoMAY 9, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL.— A Memorial Day weekend band concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park will feature the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Mallory Thompson, live commentary by 98.7 WFMT-FM and University of Michigan Marching Band announcer Carl Grapentine, and guest trumpet soloist Colin Oldberg. The event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, the 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29 program marks the 6th year of Northwestern ensemble performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, at 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

February 23, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a live webcast of their performance at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 25.

The webcast may be viewed at, where the live video stream will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to the performance (7:20 p.m. CST).

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mallory Thompson, will perform the Overture of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”; “Sleep,” Eric Whitacre’s work inspired by poet Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”; “Sweelinck Variations,” David Noon’s work based on themes by early Baroque Era Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; and David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4, a modern-day “ode to joy.”

Composer John CoriglianoApril 27, 2010 — EVANSTON, Ill. — A master class, a spring opera and four concerts — including one at Chicago's Millennium Park on Memorial Day weekend — will spotlight the works of multiple award-winning composer John Corigliano. The events are all part of the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music's festival saluting the composer.

The John Corigliano Festival runs from May 12 to May 30 and includes performances by the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Chorale, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Bienen School students and guest artists.