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News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

November 9, 2007

Huskie Marching Band’s growing ranks inspire
year-end concert’s move to Convocation Center

DeKalb — Huskie Marching Band Director Tom Bough and his staff are experts in figuring ways to move musicians, flag bearers and dancers around a football field.

Fitting that group comfortably on the stage of the Music Building’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall is another matter.

“Honestly, we’re much too big and much too loud for that space,” said Bough, an assistant professor in the Northern Illinois University School of Music. “We want to make better use of the Silverettes, the color guard and the drum line. We want to make it more of a show with more set changes and more ensemble changes. The Convocation Center gives us room to stretch out.”

So, drum roll please: The marching band’s annual year-end concert is indeed moving to the Convocation Center.

General admission tickets are now on sale for the concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Tickets cost $5; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Convocation Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at (312) 559-1212.

Fans of the Huskie Marching Band can expect a rousing evening of music and fun, Bough said, although marching is kept to a minimum.

The band will perform highlights from all of the season’s halftime shows as well as some of the tunes and musical cheers played from the stands. The Silverettes, the color guard and the drum line all have special routines planned.

“At many universities, the year-end marching band concert is a huge draw. Thousands of people come out. We really want to offer that to the NIU community and to our fans across the state,” Bough said. “We’re really just trying to make this a fun evening of music and dancing and choreography. It’s a very affordable night and very family-friendly.”

Sheer numbers also inspired the move.

Marching band enrollment stood at 142 when Bough arrived in May of 2005; the band, known as The Pride of the Midwest, now boasts 165 members.

“I’m really happy about the growth. We’ve got great students who really get the word out,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to showcase the talent and dedication of the Huskie Marching Band at this exciting performance.”

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