Encountering Boilermaker Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong had the rare honor of hitting the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band’s Big Bass Drum at a game in 1999.

Gold & Black Illustrated President and Publisher Alan Karpick reminisced about his one brief encounter with Purdue hero and astronaut Niel Armstrong on GoldandBlack.com. Armstrong, a 1955 Purdue graduate and former All-American Marching Band member, passed away on August 25 at the age of 82. Read more….

About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.