Purdue University continues to serve as a leader in transformative education, providing students with practical, hands-on experience in their field of study. This year, three students are taking their coursework into the real world as construction ambassadors for Hagle Hall – the new home of Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
Gilbane Building Co. hired Josh Fiore, Lucy Han, and Joey Martin as part of the overall construction team for the new state-of-the-art facility slated for completion in spring 2022. These students were selected from a pool of applicants to work closely alongside Gilbane Building Co. throughout the construction process and provide constituents with regular updates on the building’s progress. Through weekly meetings and tours of the facility, the students get an up-close look at the complex construction process with all its moving pieces. They not only learn about the process through hands-on experience, but also serve as active participants in promoting the new facility to alumni, donors, students, and fans of Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
This particular team of students all come from both the College of Engineering and Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Josh Fiore, a sophomore studying Construction Engineering Management, plays Baritone in the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and Euphonium in Concert Band. Lucy Han, a junior in Computer Engineering, plays percussion in the spring concert bands and takes photos of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band at rehearsals and performances. Joey Martin, a senior in Civil Engineering, plays mellophone in the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, Boiler Brass, and Boiler Box Band, and plays French Horn in Concert Band.
Thanks to a leadership gift from Marc and Sharon Hagle and through the generosity of many Purdue Bands & Orchestras friends, the 133-year-old, internationally recognized department will move out of the cramped Elliott Hall of Music basement—a space the program has long outgrown—and into a brand-new, 37,000-square-foot facility in the heart of campus. Make a gift today to Hagle Hall.