Golden Silks Color Guard Coach Named
Friday, June 7th, 2019
Purdue Bands & Orchestras is pleased to welcome Jef Furr as the new Golden Silks Color Guard Coach this upcoming season. Jef has played an integral role in many of the department’s travel opportunities and has a rich history in the performing arts.
Travel and music are always Jef’s choices for fun and adventure! A trombone player at Noblesville (IN) Middle School, Jef honed his talents and graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Music Education. While his sisters gravitated straight to travel careers (a flight attendant and Holland America Cruises representative), Jef taught for 16 years before working in student travel full-time.
After stints at North Miami (IN) and Alexandria-Monroe (IN) high schools, he moved to Southport High School in Indianapolis as Band Director and, later, Music Department Chair. Following 1986’s featured performance by Jef and the Southport Band in the classic film, “Hoosiers,” he realized a life-long dream as the band won the coveted 1987 Indiana State Fair Band Day Competition. He capped the year with the band’s performance in the 1987 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1991 featured the Southport Band as the opening act, and in 1992, Jef’s Southport Winter Guard garnered first place in both Indiana’s and Winter Guard International’s annual competitions. His concert bands placed within the top eight in Indiana four times.
Once Jef assisted as a Tour Director for an Orange Bowl-bound band, nearly every school vacation thereafter found him guiding a student group throughout the USA or Europe. In 1994 he joined Music Travel Consultants full-time. Although he travels frequently, Jef still finds time to appear regularly as a trombonist at his church and in local theatre productions. Jef recently retired as Executive Vice President for Music Travel Consultants, Inc.