Category: News

Petition Drive to Reinstate Music Education in Norwich

Wildcat LogoFriends of Music:  An effort is underway to reinstate instrumental and choral music at Norwich Middle Schools.  The following information was provided by Mark Cook, who is championing this effort.  If you would like to support this effort, please contact him directly at

“Attention Norwich Residents: An effort is being made to reinstate instrumental & choral music education back into the day curriculum at both Kelly and Teachers’ Memorial middle schools in Norwich.  If you are a Norwich resident and you value the benefits of music education for Norwich Public School middle school students, please let us know if we can add your name to our petition seeking to reinstate music education at Kelly & Teachers’ Memorial.  Please reply here or email Mark Cook at  Please note, you must be a Norwich resident to be included on the petition.”

Click here to view petition letter:  NORWICH PARENTS AND RESIDENTS FOR MUSIC


2013 Retreat Ends with Preview Show

Drum Major, Band Captain and Color Guard Captain salute at the beginning of the field show.The first phase of the Wildcat Marching Band’s 2013 epically inspiring adventure ended on Wednesday as the band presented a preview show for parents on the turf field at NFA.  The preview show marked the end of retreat and band camp.   Continue reading

Boosters Partner with Connecticut Sun

Connecticut Sun LogoThe Wildcat Band Boosters have partnered with the Connecticut Sun to offer discount tickets for 2013 regular season home games, including the WNBA All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 27th at 3:30 p.m.  You can purchase discounted tickets for $20 each.  These tickets normally sell for $24, and the Boosters receive $4 for every ticket sold.  You save $4 and the Boosters make $4–a win-win situation.  Click here to see the 2013 Connecticut Sun Schedule.

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2013 WMB Leaders Announced

Drum Major for the Marine Corps BandWildcat Marching Band student leaders for 2013 were recently announced by Mrs. Motola, NFA’s instrumental music director.  They are:  Drum Majors: Olivia Lattimore and Jason Egbert; Band Captain: Emma Lotreck; Color Guard Captains: Elisabeth Winchester and Quinn Sinay; Woodwind Section Leaders: Jessica Marion and Logan Tracy; Brass Section Leaders: Melissa Weglein and Tanner Steinhagen; and Percussion Section Leaders: Gabe Slane and Sean Saunders.  Congratulations to all the new student leaders.


WMB Supports Football Team at CIAC State Finals

WMB performing at Rentschler FieldMembers of the Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band, joined by parents, NFA staff and WMB alumni, traveled to Rentschler field on Friday, December 7th, to support the Wildcat Football team as they competed for the CIAC Class LL State Championship.  The band performed several popular songs in a pep band format.  The band’s spirit was not dampened by the drizzling rain that fell most of the night.

The Wildcat Band Boosters congratulate the NFA Football team on their outstanding season.  Although Xavier prevailed in the championship game, the Wildcats had a great season, and should feel proud of all they accomplished.

Wildcats No. 2 in Connecticut

NFA Wildcat Marching Band performs at the 2012 New England ChampionshipThe Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band concluded its 2012 competitive season at the USBands New England Championship on November 3rd.  Held at JFK Stadium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the event hosted 41 bands from across New England.  The Wildcat Marching Band placed third overall–and second in Connecticut–in Class III Open.   Continue reading

Chocolate Fountain

Brass section prepares to maul the chocolate fountain.  Members of the NFA Wildcat Marching Band spent some quality time tonight bathing in the chocolate fountain.  The brass section, which sold the most ads in this year’s Classic Program Book, got the first crack at the fountain, with the rest of the band following close on their heels.  A variety of items found their way into the fountain:  cookies, marshmallows, pretzels, and strawberries.  Tonight’s rehearsal was also an occasion for member’s to show off their Halloween costumes.