Patriotic tunes color Sept. 11 Purdue Band Day
Patriotic tunes provide appropriate musical color for Purdue's annual "All-American" Band Day at the Purdue vs. Ball State game on Saturday, Sept. 11, coinciding with national observances marking the anniversary of 9/11.
The mood for the day will be set before the Boilermakers take with field when the "All-American" Marching Band performs its flag ceremonies centered around a traditional Purdue reading called "I Am An American" that was literally performed around the world after 9/11 as a source of solace for Americans at home and abroad.
Halftime features Dr. Lowell E. Graham, one of the military's most noted band directors as guest conductor, and a special postgame show in front of Hovde Hall brings the band together with singers from Purdue Musical Organizations and local political dignitaries for "An American Salute: Remembering 9/11."
"I think the whole game day will be a pretty moving tribute," says Dr. David A. Leppla, Director of Bands at Purdue.
Twenty-six high school bands from north and central Indiana bring more than 1,300 musicians to Purdue to combine with 340 members of the Purdue band for a massed halftime show.
Graham, considered one of the luminaries in the service band world, served as commander and conductor of the United States Air force's premiere organization in Washington DC for many years. He is currently head of Music Department at the University of Texas/El Paso.
Following Band Day tradition, Graham works with all the high school bands at an early morning rehearsal on game day to put the finishing touches on music they've learned before coming to campus. Tunes slated for massed halftime program include "Battle Cry of Freedom," " Manhattan Beach ," and "Let There Be Peace On Earth."
After the game, the "All-American" Band invites the crowd to follow them back to Hovde Hall for a final salute in a program that adds the Purdue Glee Club and Purduettes, directed by Brian Breed, along with the Indiana All-Star Choir, made up of singers high schools across Indiana , into the patriotic mix. Tunes include "The Star Spangled Banner," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and a medley of " America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America ."
State Rep. Sheila Klinker and West Lafayette Mayor Jan Mills will speak at the event which is free and open to the pubic.
Participants in Band Day 2004 include:
Attica HS Red Rambler Marching Band, Attica , IN , Brooke Hawley, Director