The Huskie Marching Band is a select organization whose mission is threefold: To Entertain, To Support, and To Educate. The Huskie Band performs at all university home football games, at select away games, and at post-season bowl games. The Band entertains the stadium crowd while both on the field and in the stands. The Huskie Band entertains crowds at select parades and university events and also contributes to the education of members who may become band directors. In short, students in the Huskie Marching Band have been "defining collegiate life in DeKalb since 1899." The Huskie Marching Band is open to all students at Northern. The marching band membership includes musicians, the Silverettes (dance line), and the Color Guard (flags). The Huskie Marching Band is an official ensemble of the School of Music, and students enrolled in marching band receive academic credit.