Wildcat Marching Band Hosts 15 High Schools for Band Day

October 20, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 20, 2018 – The Wildcat Marching Band will host 15 high school bands at the Superior Dome on Saturday, October 20, when the NMU football team faces Lawrence Tech. According to Director Stephen Grugin, this is the largest Band Day in recent memory. The annual event is a valuable recruiting tool for the music department and NMU. It coincides with Wildcat Weekend, when more than 400 prospective students, accompanied by family members, will be on campus.

Band Day at NMU

Band Day at NMU

“It’s always good to bring students on campus,” Grugin said. “We’ll start at 8:30 a.m. with practice on the field, playing the music together. We’ll send the instrument sections to work with our band member section leaders, then put it all back together again. The main focus is the massed band halftime show featuring five pop songs and ending with the NMU fight song. About five bands will stay after the game for individual exhibition performances. The NMU band’s exhibition performance will close out the event. It’s a fun musical day.”

Grugin said there are normally about seven or eight bands that participate on Band Day, with perhaps a dozen at the high end. Most of this year’s groups are from the Upper Peninsula, with a couple from Wisconsin and one from downstate.

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