Director of Auxiliaries
In 2013, Joy McEwen became Director of Auxiliaries with the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band. In this capacity, she coaches the Golduster Dance Team and oversees the Golden Girl, Girl-in-Black, Silver Twins, All-American Twirling Team, and Golden Silks Color Guard. In 2015, she received a Master of Fine Arts: Performing Arts- Concentration in Dance, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts.
Ms. McEwen has been an instructor at Purdue University in the College of Health and Human Sciences in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, and in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts in the Department of Theater and Dance. In addition, she has taught at the Morton Community Center in West Lafayette and has coached the West Lafayette High School dance team, known as the SheDevils. She is a past winner of the Indiana Dance Educator of the Year Award, presented by the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD).
She began her formal dance education at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Following her years there, she attended the University of Michigan, where she received a BFA in Dance. She then moved to New York City to further her studies at the Erick Hawkins School of Dance. Shortly after, she was invited to join the Hawkins Company, becoming the last member personally selected by Erick Hawkins before his death. Hawkins, a modern dance pioneer, was known as the “poet of modern dance” and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton. During her years with the company, she was able to tour venues such as the American Dance Festival in North Carolina and the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Massachusetts, in addition to an annual season in New York City at the Joyce Theater.
While in New York City, Ms. McEwen co-founded The Wellspring Project (Dance), which continued the Hawkins legacy by commissioning original works. She has also performed with companies such as the Nancy Meehan Dance Company, LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean and Dancers and Valerie Green Dance Entropy. Highlights of her time in New York included performing at Lincoln Center, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The 92nd Street Harkness Dance Center, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery and dancing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ms. McEwen also had the opportunity to perform and teach in Portugal, Switzerland, the former Yugoslavia, Canada, Yeshiva University (NY), Hunter College (NY), and Marymount Manhattan College (NY) and as a guest artist at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Director of Twirling
Morgan Loetz graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. During part of her time at Purdue, Morgan was a member of the Twirling Line (now know as the All American Twirling Team). While a member of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band she performed at the Capital One Bowl, the Sun Bowl, and on a Purdue team at the NBTA National Championship. She started twirling in 1994 and was a member of the Royal Majestics Baton Corp in Mishawaka, Indiana. In 2015, Morgan started working with the Purdue Twirlers. She coaches the Golden Girl, Girl in Black, Silver Twins, and the All-American Twirling Team.
Golden Silks Color Guard and Winter Guard Coach
Chad Young was announced, The Purdue University Color Guard Coach/Winter Guard Director in July of 2017. He has an extensive background in the “Sport of the Arts” as a former member, technician, and director.
Young began his color guard performance career by marching with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 1993-1995. He then went on to march with the Everybody Winter Guard from Portland, Oregon where he was awarded the outstanding flag performance award.
Young’s color guard teaching career began at New Palestine High School in 1995 where under his leadership they were 1997 IHSCGA Class A Silver Medalists and promoted to Open Class. He then went on to teach and consult at multiple high schools around the state of Indiana and schools in Missouri, Oregon, Colorado, and Tennessee.
Young has also taught the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. He spent three years touring with them around the country and was fortunate to make three Drum Corps International Championship appearances. He went along to also teach the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from Lacrosse, Wisconsin and the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 1998, Young was offered the Color Guard Director position at Ben Davis High School. Under his direction, the Ben Davis Winter Guard was the first guard at Ben Davis High School to make Winter Guard International Finals. He served as the director until 2006, when he accepted the director’s position at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Under Young’s direction, the winter guard received two bronze medals and the 2011 IHSCGA State Championship title.
Young is pleased to be a part of the Purdue Bands & Orchestras Staff and excited to lead the Purdue Golden Silks and Purdue Winter Guard.