Sept. 3, 1997

The Gold and Black Sound: A Purdue Volleyball Tradition

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - One of the long-standing traditions of the tradition-rich Purdue volleyball program is the band, appropriately called The Gold and Black Sound.

Head coach Joey Vrazel decided to "thank" the band for their past efforts and get them "revved up" for the 1997 season with a surprise visit by her entire team. As the Boilermakers walked in during band practice, the members of the band offered up a resounding standing ovation and followed it up with a stirring rendition of "Hail Purdue."

"We went over there to recognize them, and they turned the tables on us," Vrazel said. "It was great. Not only do we have the best-sounding and most-enthusiastic band in the country, but the most-caring one, too."

Said senior setter Linda Menconi: "Our band is awesome. That standing ovation sent chills through all of us."