College of Liberal Arts
Marching and Spirit Organizations
"All-American" Marching Band (BAND 11000)
The Purdue "All-American" Marching Band is one of the largest ensembles of its type in the nation. The band has a rich, century-old tradition of excellence and is known worldwide for its up-tempo, high-energy performance style. It has appeared throughout the United States and numerous countries and has been featured on national television broadcasts. This band received the 1995 Sudler Trophy, presented to the finest college marching bands in the nation.
Although the band is organized during the fall semester as a spirit organization that supports the Saturday football pageantry in Ross-Ade Stadium, additional performance opportunities are presented each year for travel to away games, post-season bowl games and other performance venues around the world, including regular performances as the host band for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
In addition to the full complement of winds and percussion, the band offers performance opportunities for students with a background in twirling, including four solo twirlers — the Golden Girl, Girl in Black and Silver Twins. The band also has a dance team, the Goldusters, and a guard unit specializing in precision flag work, the Golden Silks. During the spring semester, the twirlers and dance team may elect to participate in their respective groups for performances in Mackey Arena and other venues around central Indiana. Guard members may elect to participate in a competitive winter guard program[Susan X.] .
Students interested in marching band are required to attend a week-long workshop on campus the week before fall semester classes begin.
Volleyball Band (No credit offered)
This pep band, known as the Boiler Box Band, performs for all home Purdue women's volleyball games during the fall semester. Membership is by audition, and each participant needs to be a member of another ensemble. A core membership is drawn from concert bands and augmented as needed by volunteers from other bands. Mandatory rehearsals are held as needed. The band is ideal for students who enjoy playing with a spirit group but are unable to participate in marching band.
Basketball Bands (No credit offered)
Purdue University Bands offers participation opportunities in two basketball bands — Boiler Brass (men's basketball) and Gold and Black Sound (women's basketball). Membership in both bands is open only to students enrolled in regular fall and spring University Bands courses and is by audition. Mandatory rehearsals are held as needed.