Purdue Band Day 2005 presents "An American Pastiche"
From marches by John Philip Sousa to rock by the Doobie Brothers, Purdue's annual "All-American" High School Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, samples the wide range of music that Americans love.
Twenty-six bands from as close as West Lafayette High School - which is two blocks from Ross-Ade Stadium - to far away as Berne, Muncie and Jeffersonville will fill the field with color and pageantry for Purdue's first home football game.
William D. "Bill" Kisinger, who's retiring at the end of the 2005-06 season after 37 years with the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band, will serve as guest conductor for the massed band show at halftime that features nearly 1,700 performers.
Titled "An American Pastiche," the halftime show opens with Purdue's "All-American" Band performing the Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets" and the Beach Boys' "Rock and Roll Music" while the high school bands assemble on the sidelines. Then musicians will stretch from end zone to end zone for the massed bands' performance of the "Theme from the Magnificent Seven," "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."
For the first time this year, the high school bands will also participate in a parade of bands across Ross-Ade's turf following the game. The Purdue Band will bring up the rear and fans will be encouraged to follow the band back to Engineering Mall where a special concert with Purdue Musical Organizations will occur.
Last year Purdue's musicians and singers collaborated on a postgame concert in honor of 9/11 because a home game was scheduled on that date. The patriotic event turned out to be so popular that "it's on its way to becoming an established tradition no matter what date it falls on," says David A. Leppla, director of Purdue's marching band.
The year the concert will feature "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America " among other tunes.
Participants in Band Day 2005 include:
Attica HS Red Rambler Marching Band, Attica , IN , Brooke Hawley, Director