125+ Years of Tradition

A Brief Look Into Our History

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.


The Purdue Military Band was organized in 1886, one year before Purdue’s first football team. Members received ROTC drill credit for participating in the band. Hints of the military history remain in our traditions today.


Read through a timeline of some of the “All-American” Marching Band’s historic ‘firsts.’


The “All-American” Marching Band has a commitment to providing domestic and international travel opportunities to our students.

A truly All-American Marching Band

Ted Husing, 1935

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