Huskie Marching Band to perform at Chicago Bears game

The Huskie Marching Band performs at halftime of the NIU/ISU Football Game on Aug. 31 at Huskie Stadium.

The Huskie Marching Band will perform Sunday but not at an NIU function. Instead, the Pride of the Midwest will perform during halftime at the Chicago Bears football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. The marching band will perform alongside the Chicago Bears Drumline. 

Members of the Huskie Marching Band are excited to be performing at Soldier Field, senior biochemistry major Matt Walker, a bass drum section leader in the marching band, said.

Soldier Field has a seating capacity of 61,500 people, according to Soldier Field’s official website. 

“It is always exhilarating to perform to an audience of that size,” Walker said. 

During halftime, the band will play its main show, “Saturday Night Dance Party,” Danny McGare,junior instrumental music education major and trombone section leader, said. The set list of the show includes “Pressure” by Muse, “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers and two tracks by Panic! At The Disco: “Say Amen” and “High Hopes.”

“I am personally super excited to be back,” McGare said. “As a Bears fan and a resident of the Chicagoland area, it’s an incredible experience to be able to step onto Soldier Field.” 

This performance isn’t the first time the Huskie Marching Band has played at Soldier Field.

“We played at one [game] two years ago and it was a lot of fun,” Walker said. “It’s also great to get to play with the [Chicago] Bears Drumline, as we have quite a few alumni that play for the Bears Drumline.” 

The Bears vs. Vikings game will begin 3:25 p.m. Sunday at Soldier Field. The Bears and Vikings records stand at 2-1, respectively, and both teams are at the bottom of the NFC North Division.

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