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The Golden Girl
Purdue University’s Golden Girl ranks among the nation’s best twirlers at the top of her art form. Alexa Phillips from Orlando, Florida, is the 28th Golden Girl. Alexa serves as a leader of the “All-American” Marching Band as well as an ambassador for Purdue University. Recognized nationally for her unique talents, this coveted position has roots going back to the early history of Purdue Bands in 1954 when Lenny Dawson, star Boilermaker quarterback, was named “Golden Boy.” The band’s star twirler of course earned the title “Golden Girl”.
The Girl-in-Black soloist feature twirler with the “All-American” Marching Band is a compliment to the Golden Girl with her superior talent. During the 1961 season, there were guest “Golden Girls,” but no permanent soloist accompanying the Golden Girl. Originally performing as the “International Twirler, in 1962 an announcer exclaimed, “Who is that girl in black?” and the position earned its title.
The Silver Twins
This dazzling duo adds a splash of silver to the team. Traditionally, twins or look-a-likes in this feature position twirl in precise coordination with one another. In the 1960’s twirling twins Karon and Sharon Roeske attended Purdue. Al G. Wright, who was director of bands at the time said, “The chance of finding twins that are twirlers in a million to one, so I named them the ‘Silver Twins’ and put them on the field.”
This team originated with the first majorette line in the “All-American” Marching Band. These twirlers are featured through synchronization and intricate exchanges during performances. In 1939, Paul “Spotts” Emrick opened the band to women because he felt there weren’t enough activities for women on campus. Emrick allowed them to march and twirl, but they weren’t able to play instruments in the band. That, of course, changed with time, but the majorette tradition continues still today.
Purdue Golduster Dance Team
Be a member of the Purdue Golduster Dance Team, the only Purdue dance team offering class credit for participation! Goldusters are part of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band. They perform at all home football games and other Purdue athletic contests, community events, and have appeared at the Indianapolis 500, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Colombia.
Golden Silks Color Guard
The Golden Silks Color Guard adds color and dynamics to the visual display of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band during all field performances, pep rallies, and parades. The fall program emphasizes flag and movement technique while offering opportunities for rifle and sabre training. Each season the team strives for precision and excellence in performance as they take on a variety of choreographic styles to complement each new show.