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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 […]

Purdue University Director of Bands selected as Music Educator Award Winner

Thursday, November 9th, 2017


WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – The Indiana Music Education Association announces Jay Gephart, Al G. Wright Chair and Director of Bands at Purdue University, as the 2018 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator of the Year. This award is given to those who have exemplified outstanding achievement in the field of music education at the collegiate level. Jay […]

Caitlin Benner Joins Staff as Recruitment and Communications Specialist

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017


Caitlin Benner has been selected as the Recruitment and Communications Specialist for Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Benner is a 2012 graduate of Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Human Relations.  While an undergraduate, Caitlin was a featured vocalist for four years with the Purdue Jazz Band and Jazz […]

Trudy Guthrie Selected as Assistant Director of Development and Donor Relations

Friday, August 18th, 2017


Trudy Guthrie has been selected as the Assistant Director of Development and Donor Relations – Student Life. Trudy started in Development ten years ago as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Advancement in the College of Engineering. Since then, she has held positions in Principal Gifts/Donor Relations and Campaign Programs, President’s Council, and most […]

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