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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 […]

Director of External Relations Appointed to Staff

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Aaron Yoder has been appointed to Director of External Relations for Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Yoder will organize and implement all activities related to public relations and alumni relations. Aaron Yoder is a 2017 graduate of the Krannert School of Management. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management along with a certificate […]

Indianapolis 500 Weekend, Purdue “All-American” Marching Band

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Marching in the footsteps of 98 years of band students preceding them, members of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will take center stage at the Indianapolis 500 events set to take place this weekend. For the first time, the band will have performing groups in two locations for the ceremonial music prior to the race […]

Purdue Philharmonic & Symphony Orchestras Showcase

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

On Sunday, April 23 at 2:30pm in Elliott Hall of Music, the orchestral section of the Showcase concert weekend will feature both orchestras alongside guest conductor Dan Whisler and guest pianist Keith Teepen.   Dan Whisler is currently Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and the Conductor of […]

Purdue “All-American” Marching Band Announces 2017-18 Drum Majors

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Following a lengthy and demanding audition process, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band is pleased to announce the Drum Majors for the 2017-18 season, Loretta Trezza and Robert Steele, who will lead the band into another great year of athletic events, travel opportunities, and thrilling performances. Returning for her third year as a Purdue “All-American” Marching […]

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