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Purdue Mourns Loss of Legendary Band Director

Monday, September 7th, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s second Director of Bands, former Director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, and Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright, passed away on September 5th in his home in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Dr. Wright was 104 years old. By 1954, Purdue University already had seven university presidents, but […]

Fall Sports Season Postponed – How it Impacts Purdue Bands & Orchestras Activities

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

On Tuesday, August 11, the Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of all fall sports for 2020. The announcement directly affects two Purdue Bands & Orchestras ensembles, including Boiler Box Band, which supports Purdue Women’s Volleyball, and the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band.  With the postponement of the volleyball season, the extracurricular Boiler Box Band will […]

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The faculty and staff of Purdue Bands & Orchestras seek to create a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students – today and always, but we recognize we have work to do. We must do all we can to address instances of discrimination, racial disparity and unfair practices and promote equity and inclusion. This begins […]

Incoming Purdue Freshman Hosts Concert with Park Avenue Pianos to Benefit Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Geoffrey Ladue, an 18-year-old graduate of Lafayette High School in Wildwood, MO and award-winning concert pianist and trombonist, will perform a livestream concert in partnership with Park Avenue Pianos Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. EDT. All proceeds raised from the concert will be donated to Purdue Bands & Orchestras of Purdue University in West […]

2020-21 Golduster Dance Team Selected

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

After an extremely competitive audition process, the 2020-21 Golduster Dance Team has been selected. The team welcomes eight new members this year. Elena Eberwine is a high school senior at Center Grove High School from Greenwood, Indiana, majoring in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Anna Foster is a freshman at Purdue from Fort Wayne, Indiana, majoring […]

Purdue Bands & Orchestras COVID-19 FAQs

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Visit for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the impact of the COVID-19 updates on Purdue Bands & Orchestras. This FAQ page will be updated regularly with additional questions and answers. For more information on Purdue University’s response to COVID-19, visit HERE. 

Purdue Bands & Orchestras COVID-19 Update – March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

In light of the recent global outbreak of COVID-19, Purdue University announced (on March 10), it will move completely to online learning starting on March 23 and potentially continuing through the end of the spring 2020 semester. In addition, all university-sponsored travel (domestic and international) and events involving any external visitors or over 50 people […]

New Twirlers Selected for 2020-2021 Purdue “All-American” Marching Band

Friday, March 6th, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Amanda Coy of Saline, Michigan, has been named the 31 st Purdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954. On Saturday, February 29, her audition earned her one of the most iconic positions on Purdue’s campus. Coy is a sophomore in […]

Purdue Jazz & Orchestra Spring Break Greece Trip Suspended

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Purdue University announced on Thursday, March 5 that it is suspending all university-sponsored student travel to international locations over the upcoming spring break period. This includes the Purdue Jazz & Orchestra trip to Greece. You can read more about this decision and the reasoning behind it HERE. Purdue Bands & Orchestras is working directly with […]

$10 million gift sets the stage for new Bands and Orchestras building

Monday, February 17th, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Drum roll, please: The new home of the Purdue Bands & Orchestras will be named Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall in honor of a $10 million leadership gift from the Marc and Sharon Hagle Charitable Foundation. Approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees in December, the $20 million, 37,500-square-foot, four-story facility […]

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