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New Twirlers Selected for 2022-23 Purdue “All-American” Marching Band

Monday, March 28th, 2022


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Emily Cowette of Londonderry, NH will serve as the 32nd Purdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954. On Saturday, March 26, her audition earned her one of the most iconic positions on Purdue’s campus. Cowette, who began twirling at six […]

Drum Majors Selected for Purdue “All-American” Marching Band’s 2022-23 Season

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022


Following a demanding audition process, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band announced that Valerie Minnick and Geoffrey Ladue will serve as the Drum Majors for the 2022-23 season. The two will lead the Band to carry on its tradition of excellence through athletic events and thrilling performances. Valerie is a sophomore from Brighton, MI majoring in […]

Students Recruited as Hagle Hall construction ambassadors

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021


Purdue University continues to serve as a leader in transformative education, providing students with practical, hands-on experience in their field of study. This year, three students are taking their coursework into the real world as construction ambassadors for Hagle Hall – the new home of Purdue Bands & Orchestras.   Gilbane Building Co. hired Josh […]

Purdue Bands & Orchestras Selects Golduster Dance Team Coach

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021


Natalie Hess will serve as the Purdue University Golduster Dance Team Coach beginning in the fall 2021 season. Hess performed as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader for eight straight seasons between 2008 and 2016, including four seasons as Team Captain. In addition to representing the Colts organization at events across the country and world, she cheered […]

Coach Joy McEwen Departs Purdue Bands & Orchestras Following 8-Year Legacy

Monday, June 7th, 2021


After eight years as Director of Auxiliaries and Golduster Dance Team Coach, Mrs. Joy McEwen is retiring from Purdue Bands & Orchestras prior to the fall semester. She held the position since 2013. McEwen came to the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band after a long career as a professional modern dancer in New York City, where […]

Dr. David Blon Joins Purdue Bands & Orchestras Faculty

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021


Dr. David Blon will join Purdue Bands & Orchestras this fall as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Blon recently served as Artist-in-Residence for the department during the 2019-2020 academic year. He received his Bachelor of Music at Slippery Rock University, his Master of Music at Youngstown State University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts at the […]

2021-22 Golduster Dance Team Selected

Friday, April 23rd, 2021


After an extremely competitive audition process, the 2021-22 Golduster Dance Team has been selected. The team welcomes four new members this year. Paighton Derrick is a senior at Morton High School from Morton, Illinois, majoring in Nursing. Emma Hawkins is a senior at Harrison High School from Delphi, Indiana, majoring in Exploratory Studies. Hannah Karczewski […]

New Twirlers Selected for 2021-22 Purdue “All-American” Marching Band

Monday, March 29th, 2021


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Amanda Coy of Saline, MI will perform for a second consecutive year as the 31st Purdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954. On Saturday, March 27, her audition earned her one of the most iconic positions on Purdue’s campus. Coy, […]

Homecoming 2021 Update

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021


Celebrating 100 Years of the World’s Largest Drum at Homecoming 2021 Full Alumni Band Reunion Moved to Fall 2022 Purdue University’s iconic World’s Largest Drum turns 100 years old this fall. The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will celebrate this historic anniversary by welcoming our Big Bass Drum Crew alumni back to campus during Homecoming weekend […]

Drum Majors Selected for Purdue “All-American” Marching Band’s 2021-22 Season

Thursday, February 25th, 2021


Following a demanding audition process, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band announced last weekend that Lorin Nugent and Jonathan Heidegger will serve as the Drum Majors for the 2021-22 season. The two will lead the Band to carry on its tradition of excellence through athletic events and thrilling performances. Lorin is a senior from Champaign, IL […]

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