Now in his 40th season, Pete Friedmann is the longest serving announcer in the Wheaton Municipal Band’s history. For his “day job,” Friedmann is a professional voice-over artist and independent consultant in public relations and communications. Previously, he held positions in public relations, government affairs, community relations and public policy advocacy communications with the American Medical Association, Baxter International Inc., the Illinois State Medical Society and the Alliance of American Insurers. Friedmann began his career as a broadcast journalist at WJOL-AM/WLLI-FM in Joliet, Illinois.
In 2019, Pete performed as guest narrator with the Westchester Symphonic Winds in Tarrytown, NY. He also is the longest serving announcer for the Northwestern University “Wildcat” Marching Band – a role he’s held since 1981. Friedmann has served as arena announcer for the Big Ten Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament for six years and for home games of Northwestern Women’s Basketball since 2011. He has announced for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, and Northwestern Lacrosse, Field Hockey and Volleyball. He also guest-announced for the Bowling Green State University “Falcon” Marching Band for the band’s first appearance at The Ohio State University and is the announcer for conferences and formal events of the American Medical Association.
A graduate of Northwestern, he served many years as a volunteer and leader in alumni activities, was recognized with the prestigious Alumni Service Award by the Northwestern Alumni Association, and was made an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia by the Iota Chapter at Northwestern. As announcer for the “Wildcat” Band, Friedmann has performed at every home game, pep rally, away game, concert and virtual appearance of the band for 40 seasons, at nearly every stadium in the Big Ten, on national television and at Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, the Rose Bowl, Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, and at bowl games in Orlando, San Antonio, El Paso, Houston, Dallas, Jacksonville, Nashville, San Diego and New York City’s Yankee Stadium.