'Everything that we do, we can't do.' As Big Ten football takes the field, how are the sidelined marching bands coping?
'Everything that we do, we can't do.' As Big Ten football takes the field, how are the sidelined marching bands coping?

CHICAGO — If this were a “normal” year, the Northwestern Wildcat Marching Band – which bills itself as “The Finest Band in the Land” – would be revving up for Saturday’s big game against the Maryland Terrapins.And the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois – which calls itself “The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band” – would be gearing up for Friday’s confrontation with the Wisconsin Badgers.But the contests on the field will go on without the musicians, at least so far as their physical presence is concerned. For though the bands’ videos may play on the big screen during home games…

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