Experience marching band magic

Gather up your family band Sept. 27 and head to Trienens Hall, 2707 Ashland Ave. in Evanston for Northwestern University’s 13th annual March with the Band. This event unites families and band members.

“The marching band shows up in full gear with the troupe of flag bearers, even a baton twirler, so it’s a wonderful resource that we’re able to provide to young audiences,” says Richard van Kleeck, Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music’s director of music activities.

After a short performance, band members break into subgroups by instrument and hold"instrument petting zoos,” where kids can touch each instrument while learning its history.

Kids are also encouraged to bring their own noisemakers, whether it be a kazoo or a pot with a wooden spoon, and jam with the marching band.

This event is the kick-off to Kids Fare, a concert series sponsored by the School of Music that lets kids ages 3-9 learn about music through interaction.

“At the end of the concerts kids are invited up on the stage to meet and talk with the performers,” van Kleeck says."It’s about breaking down the barriers between the audience and the stage.”

Concerts have a different theme each week.

Visit www.pickstaiger.org for the additional Kids Fare performances, as well as price information.

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