“All-American” Marching Band to Bring Back Slayter Hill Pregame Concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Pumping new enthusiasm into a beloved event, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, in conjunction with Purdue Athletics, will rekindle a football game day tradition this fall. “Thrill on the Hill” at Slayter Center returns and will take place 90 minutes before kickoff of home games. This event will replace the “211 Session” in Mackey Arena.

“For years, the band held pregame concerts at Slayter, and we are excited to bring back this tradition,” director of bands Jay Gephart said.

“I have heard how popular the Slayter concerts were in the past, and we are pleased to help renew a fan-favorite event,” athletics director Mike Bobinski said.

“Thrill on the Hill” will take place at Slayter Center before every game except the Sept. 23 Homecoming contest, when the band will perform on Engineering Mall.

Fans can expect the concert to be fast and upbeat, showcasing the entire 380-plus members of the band, along with cheerleaders, Purdue Pete and guest Purdue celebrities.

After each game, the “All-American” Marching Band will continue to perform a postgame concert on the field at Ross-Ade before marching to the fountain at Hovde Hall to execute the traditional drum major breakdown.