Updated Established in 1886, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band has become an icon of Purdue University. This world-renowned band performs at each home football game and travels to concerts and festivals around the world, including China, Ireland, and Colombia.
Over 389 members strong, the band has plenty of performance opportunities for instrumentalists, percussionists, color guard members, dancers, and twirlers. The band also marches all of the flags representing the Big Ten Conference. Additionally, students can join the Big Bass Drum Crew by completing an audition that includes ROTC athletic skill standards.
With a rich history of band “firsts,” innovation is key for the band which performs a new halftime show at every home game. Purdue was the first marching band in the nation to break military ranks on the football field to form a letter (the Block “P”).
Directed by Jay S. Gephart, the 389-member band stands as the largest in the Big 10 and one of the largest in the nation.