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Indy 500 Alumni Band and Alumni Hawaii Trip Dates Announced

Thursday, September 20th, 2018


Purdue Bands & Orchestras has announced the finalized dates for two highly anticipated upcoming Alumni Events. In celebration of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band’s 100th Anniversary as the host band for the Indianapolis 500, alumni are invited to participate in the Purdue University Indy 500 Alumni Band. Participating alumni will perform in the 2019 IPL […]

Purdue Band Day Tradition Continues This Weekend

Friday, September 7th, 2018


Purdue Band Day is an annual partnership between the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and high schools from around the Midwest. During the day, high school band students have the opportunity to meet, rehearse, and perform with members of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and get a feel for what a Big Ten college marching band […]

Scott Pazera Joins Purdue Bands & Orchestras as Visiting Instructor

Thursday, August 16th, 2018


Purdue Bands & Orchestras welcomes Scott Pazera as the newest member of the department. Pazera will serve as a Visiting Instructor for the Purdue jazz bands alongside Dr. Mo Trout. Scott Pazera has been teaching and performing on guitar and bass for over 30 years and is a motivated instructor, small business owner, and spirited performer. Scott […]

2018-19 AAMB Drum Major Announced

Friday, April 20th, 2018


Following a lengthy and demanding audition process, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band is pleased to announce that Zach Sutton will serve as the Drum Major for the 2018-19 season, and will lead the band into another great year of athletic events, travel opportunities, and thrilling performances. Zach is a Senior from Valparaiso, IN (Valparaiso High […]

2018 – 2019 Golduster Dance Team Announced

Monday, April 16th, 2018


After an extremely competitive audition process, the 2018-2019 Golduster Dance Team has been announced. The team welcomes 5 incoming freshmen as new members this year. Ally Kiger is a senior at Harrison High School, from Lafayette, Indiana, and majoring in Marketing. Rylee Madden is a senior at Ottawa Township High School, from Ottawa, Illinois, and […]

French Horn Rebecca Salo wins 2018 Sudler Prize in the Arts

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018


Rebecca Salo has been named the 2018 winner of the Purdue Sudler Prize in the Arts. This marks the eleventh time in fifteen years a Purdue Bands & Orchestras student has been named Purdue’s top senior in the arts. This prestigious prize was endowed by Louis Sudler, a Chicago industrialist with an incredible appreciation of […]

Professor Jay Gephart elected Vice President of American Bandmasters Association

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018


Professor Jay S. Gephart of Purdue University was elected Vice President of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) at their recent convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Gephart will serve as Vice President in 2018, President-Elect in 2019, and will assume the role of President of ABA in 2020. The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929, with […]

Purdue Bands & Orchestras remember Dianne Jones

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018


  Dianne Dwiggins Jones (71), a remarkable and beloved elementary music teacher, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at home in Lafayette, Indiana surrounded by her husband, Max Jones, son, Gavin Jones, family and friends.  Dianne was born with a congenital heart defect and for the last five years, although she struggled with […]

New Twirlers Selected for 2018-2019 Purdue “All-American” Marching Band

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Kaitlyn Schleis of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been named the 30th Purdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954. On Saturday, March 3rd, her audition earned her one of the most iconic positions on Purdue’s campus. Schleis is a sophomore in Speech, […]

Indy 500 Legend & friend of Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, Jim Nabors, Dies at 87

Thursday, November 30th, 2017


The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band lost a very dear friend today. Jim Nabors was arguably the most historic figure of the Indianapolis 500 since 1972. In 2014, Nabors sang Back Home Again in Indiana in the pre-race festivities for his 36th and final time. The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band had the incredible honor to accompany […]

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