WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Amanda Coy of Saline, MI will perform for a second consecutive year as the 31st Purdue Golden Girl, continuing a tradition started by Director of Bands Emeritus, Dr. Al G. Wright in 1954. On Saturday, March 27, her audition earned her one of the most iconic positions on Purdue’s campus. Coy, who began twirling when was just three years old, is currently a junior studying Pre-PA/Health Sciences and held the position of Girl-in-Black during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
Haley Aiken will return for her second consecutive year in the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band as the Girl-in-Black. She is currently a freshman majoring in Psychology. Aiken is from Jeannette, PA and has been competing both individually and on a team since 2008.
For her senior year, Alexis Piskulic of Arnold, MO will perform as the third ever Miss Boilerette. Currently a junior studying Political Science and Sociology, Piskulic has held the position of Silver Twin for the past three years after beginning to twirl when she was ten years old. Miss Boilerette was originally part of the Purdue Twirling program during the 2009-2010 season.
The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band is pleased to welcome incoming freshmen, Emily Cowette of Londonderry, NH and Katie Harris of Windsor, CO as the 2021-22 Silver Twins. Cowette will major in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and is a feature twirler with the Londonderry High School Lancer Marching Band. Harris will be in Exploratory Studies and is a current member of the M Twirling Team.
In addition, nine students were offered spots on the All-American Twirling Team to round out the Purdue Twirling program. They include returning twirlers, juniors Ashley Brazeau and Leah DePasquale, sophomores Caroline Hawkins and Iman Mevaa, current freshmen Alexa Lytle and Jack Matthews, and incoming freshmen Emma Alexander, Alana Diedrick, and Georgia Langston.
All twirlers and band members are required to audition for positions annually, and candidates must be admitted to Purdue University in order to qualify for auditions. We are thrilled to welcome our new team to Purdue this fall. They will make their debut performance on Saturday, August 21, when the 136th edition of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band takes the field for their End-Of-Camp Performance.