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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 […]

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 […]

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