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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 […]

Drum Majors Selected for Purdue “All-American” Marching Band’s 2020-21 Season

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Following a demanding audition process, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band is pleased to announce that Torey Caldwell and Lorin Nugent will serve as the Drum Majors for the 2020-21 season. The two will lead the band to carry on its tradition of excellence through athletic events, travel opportunities, and thrilling performances. Torey is a Junior […]

Purdue University Director of Bands Awarded Sagamore of the Wabash

Monday, November 25th, 2019

The Purdue Bands & Orchestras Awards Banquet takes place at the end of each semester, recognizing student accomplishments and awarding many unique scholarships. The Fall 2019 Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 24 began with a special surprise. Professor Jay Gephart, Director and Al G. Wright Chair of Purdue Bands & Orchestras was awarded the Sagamore […]

Purdue “All-American” Marching Band Celebrates Halloween Tradition

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will celebrate an exciting band tradition during their daily rehearsal time on *Thursday, October 31. Every year for Halloween, the entire band dresses up in coordinating costumes within each rank. Hundreds of kids from the community line Third Street with their families to watch the band parading to rehearsal in […]

Purdue Twirling Takes Home National Titles

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The Purdue University Twirling program continued its long tradition of excellence this summer, winning multiple titles at the 2019 USA Twirling Championships. The twirlers competed in multiple team and individual events during the last week of July at the University of Notre Dame. With their Space-themed show honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, […]

New Artist-in-Residence Joins Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Dr. David Blon will join Purdue Bands & Orchestras in a one-year position as Artist-in-Residence beginning in August 2019. David 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 University of Missouri – Kansas City. Prior to pursuing his […]

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