AAMB seniors capture Bowl excitement
During four years in the
“All-American” Marching Band, band members pile up a lot
of special memories. But ask seniors to come up with a favorite bowl
memory and they have no problem doing so.
Here’s a sampling of memories, all of which speak to the fun of
bowl travel, from the Class of 2004.
Ansfield, twirler, Oshkosh, WI:
My favorite bowl memory is from my first year as a twirler. We went
to the Rose Bowl and I absolutely loved the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Seven and a half miles is pretty long but I was so amazed at all of
the Purdue fans there that I couldn’t even pay attention to the
length. I was fortunate enough to be on the side of the band that passed
in front of every TV camera that was there so my family back home saw
me on every station. The best part was seeing all of the fans as we
turned down Colorado Blvd. and being able to hear them sing “Hail
Purdue” as we went by.
Duane Twining, trombone,
Well, my favorite bowl game memory was at the Sun Bowl when senior tight
end Tim Stratton threw a football back and forth with the band during
his warm-up. Tim is a special guy and it really shows the positive relationship
we have with the football team.
Suzi Eagin, piccolo,
The first memory from a bowl game that always pops into my head is from
the Rose Bowl my freshman year. We were marching in the Tournament of
Roses Parade the morning of the game, with millions of people watching.
There were thousands of Purdue fans on hand to sing “Hail Purdue”
when we would get to it in the rotation of songs, which was amazing.
But the greatest thing about that was when we were marching past a church,
where my parents and other relatives, who had all traveled from halfway
across the country, were sitting. As we marched past, I heard, over
all the noise, my name shouted very loudly. I knew as soon as I heard
it that it was my uncle, and I looked up and there they were cheering
us on. It was incredible, and I won’t ever forget it.
BBD, Seneca, IL:
My favorite bowl memory was last year at the Sun Bowl. I was there with
my friends, one of which was going to be going off to war. We made that
trip fun. We had to best time together laughing, crying, and just being
ourselves. Those people I was with are the best and I love them all
Stacey Hafkey, piccolo,
Des Plaines, IL:
That is easy!! My freshman year we went to the Rose Bowl, and the famed
7-mile parade. When the band finally got to the final turn off of Colorado
Blvd, and in the background was the mountains. It seemed as if the band
was going to march right through them! It was so beautiful I can still
picture it in my mind!
Loewenstine, trumpet, Cincinnati, OH:
One of my favorite events was at the Sun Bowl where Prof. Loughrige
and Prof. Kisinger sang karaoke.
Carmen Nigh, horn,
My favorite bowl memory was definitely at the Rose Bowl my freshman
year. During the “I Am An American” speech and the National
Anthem I stood in the middle of the Rose on the 50-yard line in front
of my parents and about 100,000 others. On the last few notes of the
anthem the bombers flew over and I couldn't hear a thing. It was probably
a good thing because I got this huge cold chill, and my eyes started
watering. I know that I wasn't playing the right notes!
Brad Rice, clarinet,
Arlington Heights, IL:
I’ve got three favorite bowl memories. My first was from the Rose
Bowl. We were marching in the Rose Parade, which happened to be around
6 miles long, and around 5 miles in, there is a guy holding up a sign
that said, “Keep going, you're halfway there!” I cracked
up when I saw it and always remembered it. My second memory was from
the first Sun Bowl, and that was significant because I started dating
my girlfriend on that trip. My third memory comes from the second Sun
Bowl when we were set loose in Juarez, Mexico. A group of clarinets
was walking around the markets, bartering for souvenirs, and Katie Worden
would not stop arguing over the price of an item with the merchant for
a good half hour to forty-five minutes. They were each saying the same
thing over and over again, and got nothing accomplished.
Leslie Duplaga, trombone,
Valley City, OH:
I am sure everyone remembers the staff singing karaoke at both Sun Bowls
and running around on the old movie set, but my favorite memory was
winning the second Sun bowl. I was so happy when the game clock finally
read 0:00 and Purdue won. I will never forget that.
Bob Shriner, drum
major, Mishawaka, IN:
I remember at the Rose Bowl we were having dinner at Universal Studios
after our pep rally outside the front gate. I had to use the restroom,
but an employee there wouldn't let me walk across one of the streets
because he told me, “The Purdue Band is going to be marching through
here in a few minutes.” I looked down at my band blazer and I
told him that I really didn't think so. He looked at my blazer too,
but he still didn’t realize that there wasn't any band coming
any time soon. On our second trip to the Sun Bowl we had the opportunity
to go into Mexico for a few hours. A group of us were walking around
in one of the markets and a boy came out and asked us if we wanted to
buy anything from his family’s stand. He showed us a bucket and
when we looked in it we saw the biggest most disgusting bug we'd ever
seen. It wasn't so funny, but it is something that I’ll always
remember about Juarez, Mexico.
Megan Dalton, Golden
Silks, Westfield, IN:
My favorite bowl memory comes from my freshman year at the Rose Bowl.
We were given free time to roam and go down to the Santa Monica pier.
We were all in jeans and sweatshirts, but took our shoes off and went
swimming in the Pacific Ocean just to say we had.
Matt Bramlage, trumpet,
The most amazing experience was performing at the pregame of the Rose
Bowl. While we were playing the National Anthem, there was a F-16 flyby
in missing man formation. Later on in the game, they showed footage
on the Jumbotron from a camera in the cockpit of the ascending jet.
It showed the pilot, and behind him you could see the band marching
off of the field in the Rose Bowl, down directly behind the jet.
Angie Shinkle, piccolo,
I think my favorite bowl memory would have to be from my sophomore year
when we went to the Sun Bowl the first time. We happened to have about
two hours of free time one evening and there were lots of people that
were hanging out in the hotel having fun. About eight of my friends
and I were in my room, and we were playing UNO and eating candy. It
was a very energetic game of UNO that frequently had us stopping because
we were laughing so hard we had forgot whose turn it was! We finally
decided to do something else and decided that we wanted to burn something
out in the parking lot of the hotel.
Seeing as four of us were
piccolos, we decided to burn a copy of our music because we wouldn't
need it the next day anyway. That year we had played Sousa’s Stars
and Stripes Forever I don't know how many times. It was at least 3 or
4 times each game day every game day because I think it was Bill's (director
at the time) favorite song. Being a piccolo player and having to memorize
that song and playing a song so technically difficult every game is
really tiresome. So we decided to take a blown up copy we had of stars
and stripes and burning it. I've never had so much fun as I did in those
10 minutes burning that piece of paper. It was an excellent stress reliever
and very rewarding without having to harm anything. I even kept a small
charred piece of the title and put it in my scrapbook of the bowl game.
It was a very fun evening!
Andy Meyer, tenor
sax, Fort Wayne:
Although there have been some hilarious moments, such as Boyd singing
“Play that Funky Music White Boy,” my favorite moment would
have been eating “In and Out” burgers just sitting in the
stands of the Rose Bowl. The beauty of the place just hit me. From the
enormous stadium to the towering beautiful mountains high above the
stadium, I was just in a state of wonder and awe as an oblivious freshman.
There was no place I would have rather been in the world at that time.
Krista Woodward, Girl in Black, Waterford, MI:
My favorite memory is performing over the ocean on the Santa Monica
Pier for the Rose Bowl. We performed in the middle of the pier, with
people all around. It was just such a unique place to perform, and the
energy in the crowd was so high. It really made for an awesome performance
– one that I will never forget.
Erin Genz, clarinet,
Colorado Springs, CO:
This is going to sound really crude, but it was really, really funny.
There was a guy in the band my freshman year who had a reputation for
being able to strip down to his boxers really quickly. Well, at the
Rose Bowl that year, we were all just hanging around one evening and
someone dared him to do it. My roommate timed him, and it's still a
personal best for him... 3.1 seconds! We were all cracking up. It was
hilarious. Those are the fun things, just being with people you know
and with whom you can laugh your head off comfortably!
Jason Dangler, clarinet, Naperville, IL:
At the Rose Bowl freshman year going through the very long Rose Parade
it was incredible to march down the streets and see such a supportive
group of Purdue fans. It just kept you going no matter how tired you
got, everybody cheered for you. That and at the game when we did our
pregame show, the fans were so excited and cheered so loud for us since
we brought our show that we do for every Purdue home game to California.
I've never felt so honored to be doing something than when we were there.
It is probably one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
Emily Ryan, piccolo,
Performing the “I
Am an American” ceremony at the bowl games was truly awesome.
The ceremony holds a special place in every Purdue Band member's heart,
and standing in the bowl stadium hearing so many people say those words
was amazing. I am sure the same will be true this year.