The Northwestern University ‘Wildcat’ Marching Band is a group of friends who work through sun and rain heavy dew to produce unparalleled performances across campus and the country. With students representing nearly every major, the Wildcat Band offers its members a welcoming family. Bonds are formed that last a lifetime. (That's why crowds of alumni come back to march at homecoming every year!)
Like every great family, the Wildcat Band provides a circle of support and growth througout the college career. Students take on important leadership roles in the organization to support our unified success, acting as marching instructors, music section leaders, music arrangers and drill writers. Every new member is connected with a “NUMB Buddy” to be a mentor and friend.
Our organization assures marching band activities do not interfere with academic responsibilities. Members of “The Finest Band in the Land” take their schooling seriously. Rehearsals are scheduled to avoid class conflicts.
Northwestern provides students with many ways to become involved, though few groups offer the unique adventures and friendships of the Wildcat Marching Band. It has been said that joining NUMB is the second best decision of one's life. The first, of course, is to choose to study at Northwestern.
Daniel J. Farris, Director of Athletic Bands