Eight U.P. high school marching bands and their directors will participate in the 50th annual Northern Michigan University Band Day. The event will coincide with Saturday’s NMU-Ashland football game at 1 p.m. in the Superior Dome. During halftime, all 500 members of the high school groups, along with 103 members of the NMU Wildcat Marching Band, will perform together in a salute to “50 Years of Rock and Roll.”


Following the game, the Kingsford and Marquette bands will give individual exhibition performances. The NMU band will conclude the afternoon’s festivities by performing its show, “The Music of John Williams,” with theme music from Superman, Star Wars and the Olympics.


The high school bands will receive taped instructional comments from the NMU band staff. They will also tour the newly renovated music facilities in the Thomas Fine Arts Building earlier in the day.


High schools participating in NMU Band Day, along with their directors, are:


Engadine -- Jeremiah Clark (NMU grad)

Kingsford -- Benjamin Sherk (NMU grad)

Marquette -- Matt Ludwig

Munising -- Jeff Ingraham

Norway -- Greg Hunt (NMU grad)

Ontonagon -- Ben Mayer (NMU grad)

Tahquamenon Area H.S. -- Katy Essex (NMU grad)

Westwood H.S. -- Gordon Erickson (NMU grad)


For more information, contact NMU Wildcat Marching Band Director Steve Grugin at 227-1040.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director