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Northwest Missouri State University

Band Alumni Chapter

Band Alumni Chapter
Chartered on September 8, 2001

Chapter Updates

Fall 2014

The Band Alumni Board of Directors met at Cheddars June 13 for fellowship and to make plans for the upcoming year, including growing the chapter. Its primary purpose is to support the band program, but performing and having fun is also a goal of the chapter.

Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Bearcat football team’s home game, will be the chapter’s first performance of the season. First-time attendees receive free registration, lunch and an alumni band T-shirt. Alumni band members also are invited to ride and play on the alumni float in the Homecoming parade; meet at the Alumni House at 9 a.m. Concert band alumni are invited to participate in a performance at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Money has been raised by the chapter to help fund music scholarships, and plans are being made to contribute in other ways. The Band Alumni Chapter is open to any alumni who spent any part of their college careers as a member of the Bearcat Marching Band or concert band.

Spring 2014

More than 80 members of the Northwest Band Alumni Association returned to Northwest for the annual Band Alumni Day on Sept. 14, 2013. The alumni joined the current members of the BMB during the traditional march to the stadium, pumping up the crowd in the Bearcat Zone as well as during their pregame and halftime performances. A big focus for the Northwest Band Alumni Association in recent years has been raising money for various scholarships for current Northwest musicians. The Ward Rounds Scholarship and the Alfred E. Sergel III Scholarship are funded through alumni donations. Both of these awards are named after former directors of bands at Northwest who focused on not only making students better musicians but also on encouraging students to succeed in the classroom.

Spring 2013

More than 70 alumni joined the Bearcat Marching Band for the annual Band Alumni Day last fall. They accompanied the current members of the BMB during the traditional march to the stadium, pumping up the crowd in the Bearcat Zone as well as during the pregame and halftime performances.

Fall 2012

The Band Alumni Chapter honored retiring music professor Dr. Ernest Woodruff for his many years of service to Northwest’s music department with a concert in April. The concert, which included more than 60 band alumni, was in combination with the Northwest Wind Symphony and featured some of Woodruff’s favorite composers along with some original compositions by alumni members. Band alumni will reunite Sept. 15 at the Bearcat football game. Anyone who was once a member of the Bearcat Marching Band is invited to join the group as they march to the field and perform for the halftime show. For more information about these and other events, visit the chapter’s Facebook page at

Spring 2012

More than 70 band alumni performed with the Bearcat Marching Band for the Northwest football game against Sioux Falls in September. David Holland ’58 of Mound City directed the Bearcat Marching Band and Alumni Band for a rendition of the Northwest Alma Mater during pregame. For halftime, former Northwest Director of Bands Al Sergel directed the combined bands for a performance of the crowd favorite, "Hey! Baby." In October, about 25 band alumni participated in the Northwest Homecoming Parade and performed the Northwest Fight Song and a special song written specifically for them titled "Old Hickory." An Alumni Concert Band also performed at the March wind symphony concert. For more information about other upcoming events, visit the Band Alumni’s Facebook page at northwestbandalumni.

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the Northwest Band Alumni Chapter will be having a joint concert with the Northwest Wind Symphony in Maryville. This concert is honoring Dr. Ernest Woodruff’s retirement and dedication to the Northwest Music Department. 

An invitation to play with the alumni band is being extended to all former members of the symphonic band and wind symphony. The alumni band will be conducted by former director of bands Mr. Alfred E. Sergel III. 

The registration deadline for this event is Saturday, March 3. To sign up, click the following link

Below is a schedule for the day’s activities. For more information about the day’s events, please contact Gavin Lendt at or 785.760.1724.

Rehearsal & Performance Schedule
2 p.m.          Registration, Band Room at Maryville High School, 1503 South Munn Ave., Maryville
3-5 p.m.       Rehearsal, Maryville High School
5- 6:30p.m.  Dinner (on your own)
6:40 p.m.     Arrive at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
7 p.m.          Concert, Mary Linn Auditorium, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts



Spring 2011

More than 40 members of the Band Alumni Chapter performed with the Bearcat Marching Band during halftime of the Northwest Homecoming football game in October. The chapter conducted its quarterly meeting in St. Joseph in January and also determined the next Northwest Band Alumni Day will be Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Bearcats play Sioux Falls at 6 p.m. The chapter's primary goal this year is to raise funds through the Northwest Foundation to endow the Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship in memory of former Northwest band director Ward Rounds, who died in March 2011. Rounds served in the music department from 1960 to 1985 and was the founder of the Northwest Summer Music Camp program. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit For more information, e-mail Stacy Lendt at

 Band Alumni Homecoming 2010

Winter 2006

Band Alumni Day

Carl Kling, director of the Bearcat Marching Band, Bill Williams '76 and Jack
Williams '74, '90 enjoyed 2006 Band Alumni Day.

Scholarship recipient

Bill Williams '76, Band Alumni president, congratulates Matthew Willis, the
recipient of the Al Sergel Band Scholarship.

Alumni Band Day was Sept. 2, and alumni gathered to visit friends and perform with the Bearcat Marching Band. The alumni joined the BMB for pregame and halftime performances. Jack Williams '74, '90 directed the combined bands. Chapter president Bill Williams '76 led the chapter's luncheon at the J.W. Jones Student Union. The Alfred E. Sergel III Scholarship was awarded to Matt Willis, a trumpet player from Grain Valley. The C. Ward Rounds Scholarship is close to endowment. The day ended with a barbecue social with the alumni, BMB seniors and Kappa Kappa Psi seniors. The chapter sends a sincere thank you to Director of Bands Carl Kling. Band alumni also followed the BMB along the Homecoming parade route

Summer 2006

The Band Alumni Chapter held its quarterly meeting in St. Joseph on Feb. 19. The next Northwest Band Alumni Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, when the Bearcat football team plays Minnesota State-Mankato at 1 p.m. For more information about the Band Alumni Chapter, e-mail


The Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Association is establishing alumni chapters worldwide. Organized by alumni volunteers and supported by the Office of Alumni Relations, these chapters sponsor a variety of activities for alumni to get together socially and stay abreast of news from Northwest Missouri State University.