Spirit of Northwestern to present Band Extravaganza


The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band will present a Band Extravaganza on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in Turpin Stadium.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seats are limited and those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/386479219047000/.

A livestream of the performance will available at https://www.facebook.com/NSULA.SpiritOfNorthwestern. Those attending are asked to wear masks when entering the stadium and any time they are not in their seats. Masks can be removed at the seat if individuals are socially distanced or are sitting with members of their household.

“Each area of the marching band is rehearsing their components of that show and we will bring all the parts together for the performance,” said Director of Bands Dr. Jeffrey C. Mathews. “We know that our students need some sense of normalcy and working toward a goal like this together definitely fits the bill.”

The band will play some traditional school songs, stand tunes as well as a show featuring the entire SON performing together as one. The performance will also feature the Demon Heat Color Guard and the Demon Dazzlers.

Mathews said band members have continued to rehearse after returning to campus for the fall semester. In preparing for this event, band directors have collaborated with other directors around the country and with healthcare professionals to establish protocols to ensure the safety of band members and the directors. During rehearsals, the 340-member band has been split into five ensembles to follow best practices.