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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 23, 2013

Bearcat Marching Band performs at Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree

Northwest’s Bearcat Marching Band performed at the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree Oct. 5 in Clarinda, Iowa.

Northwest’s Bearcat Marching Band performed at the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree Oct. 5 in Clarinda, Iowa.

Northwest Missouri State University’s Bearcat Marching Band, featuring the Bearcat Steppers and Northwest Color Guard, performed at the Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree Oct. 5 in Clarinda, Iowa.

The Bearcat Marching Band was invited by the Clarinda City Council to perform at the high school band festival, as an exhibition group, for more than 2,000 high school students.

The performance helped generate support and interest for the Bearcat Marching Band. It also was an opportunity to recruit prospective Northwest students.

The Bearcat Marching Band is one of the most visible organizations at Northwest, and its membership includes students from nearly every major field of study at 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.”

The Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and Northwest Color Guard includes 150 members who rehearse daily throughout the fall for multiple performances.

For more information about the Bearcat Marching Band contact Northwest Bands at nwband@nwmissouri.edu. For information about other vocal and instrumental ensembles at Northwest, visit the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' webpage.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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