The Purdue "All-American" Marching Band is generally accepted as one of the finest collegiate marching bands in the nation. Its proud heritage has been carried down through history since the band first appeared on the West Lafayette campus in 1886. The Band is now recognized throughout the world thanks to a multitude of televised and international appearances, including appearances at every Indianapolis 500 since 1919.
Members of the "All-American" Band perform at all Purdue home football games as well as selected away games and bowl appearances. The band appears in campus concerts, parades and other off-campus activities. Each December it ushers Santa into town as part of the Lafayette Christmas Parade.
The history of Purdue Bands is one of innovation and high visibility. A long list of firsts range from the first band to break ranks and form a letter on the football field (the Block "P" in 1907) To the first band to place a bandsman on the moon (Neil Armstrong in 1969). The band is known for its trademark Big Bass Drum, generally considered the "World's Largest," and its featured twirler, the internationally famous Golden Girl.
On Nov. 25, 2010, the "All-American" Marching Band will add another "first" to its long list of firsts, becoming the first Big Ten band to march in the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch it live on NBC.
The "All-American" Marching Band is the premier organization in a department which also includes multiple concert and jazz bands, a symphony orchestra, percussion ensembles and three athletic bands. Some 830 students participate in music even though the department offers no degree programs.
2010 Featured Band Members
Golden Girl - MerrieBeth Cox
Girl in Black - Meg Merdian
Silver Twins - Sara and Chellie Zou
Miss Boilerette - Rachel Bazzell
Drum Majors - Richard Marzullo, Aurie Swartz and Cherrie Lemon
"All-American" Marching Band Staff
Jay S. Gephart - Director
Dr. Pamela J. Nave - Assistant Director/Percussion
Max Jones - Assistant Director
Ishbah Cox - Assistant Director
Alisha Kuckartz - Twirlers & Goldusters
Becky Bercich - Golden Silks
Roy Johnson - Voice of AAMB
Kathy Matter - Public Relations
Darren Williams - Graduate Assistant