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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 10, 2013

Future students, families invited to Northwest Band Visit Day

Northwest Missouri State University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host a Band Visit Day Thursday, Oct. 24. The event is designed for high school students from throughout the four-state region interested in preparing for a variety of instrumental music and music education-related careers.

High school students and their families will have the opportunity to play with the Northwest Wind Symphony during its rehearsal time, attend master classes and visit with Northwest faculty and students while learning about careers in music. Tours of the rehearsal spaces, classrooms and the Northwest campus also will be provided.

The day's activities begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, located on the south side of College Avenue (Fourth Street) across the street from Lamkin Activity Center, and include a complimentary lunch at 11 a.m. The event concludes at 4:10 p.m. with Bearcat Marching Band rehearsal.

To view a campus map click here. Parking will be available in the lots adjoining the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Northwest offers three music majors through the College of Arts and Sciences, along with one minor in music. The majors are music, instrumental music education and vocal music education. 

The Bearcat Marching Band is one of the most visible student organizations at Northwest and its membership includes students from nearly every major field of study within the University. The marching band performs for all home football games, the Homecoming parade, the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium and in exhibition for numerous regional high school marching band festivals. 

“Students benefit from the marching band experience regardless of background, degree path and musical ability,” said Dr. Kathryn Strickland, director of athletic bands. “They learn to work as part of a whole, a skill that carries across into every future career path, because of the required flexibility, an openness to criticism, work ethic and patience with themselves and others. They get to experience a great emotional connection to each other and to Northwest.”

In addition to the Bearcat Marching Band, Northwest offers four choral ensembles and seven other instrumental ensembles that are open to all students regardless of their major or minor. The choral ensembles include University Chorale, Tower Choir, Madraliers and the Celebration show choir. The instrumental ensembles include the Northwest Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles as well as the Bearcat Pep Band.

Matt Meier, a senior interactive digital media major from Kearney, has performed with the Bearcat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Orchestra, and he continues to participate in Studio Jazz Ensemble.

“By participating in all of the music ensembles I was able to have the opportunity to become a better musician,” Meier said. “I met a lot of great people and shared many new experiences with them.”

For more information about music ensembles at Northwest click here.

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts provides majors with the skills needed to become highly successful in their chosen professions. In addition to an inclusive major in music, comprehensive programs are offered in vocal music education and instrumental music education. These programs provide instruction in private study, music theory and literature and methodology applicable to teaching at the elementary and secondary levels.

Students and families who wish to participate in Band Visit Day at Northwest should register online at For more information, contact Bill Richardson at or 660.562.1316.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468