Marching Bands in the Big Ten

As you walk past the concession stand, you smell grease from the burgers, you hear the shouts of thousands walking past you, but what stands out most is in the sound off into the distance. It’s so faint, but it …

Game Day with the Purdue All American Marching Band!

The Big Bass Drum

When asked what they do on a typical Saturday morning, what do most college students say? “SLEEPING!!” This is usually the college student stereotype – party Friday night until late and sleep in Saturday morning until …

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 …