The Purdue football team is lucky to have one of the best bands in the nation play at home football games. The marching bands name is the “All- American” Marching Band which originated in 1886. The funny thing about that is that the band was created a whole entire year before Purdue’s first football team. There is also a total of 389 members in the “All-American” Marching Band which makes Purdue’s band the largest standing band in the Big Ten and one of the largest in the nation.
“Our marching band is awesome they are always playing exciting music and they always have our backs,” said Defensive End for Purdue Shane Henley. ” They truly feel like a part of the team because they are just as focused in on the game as we are.”
Most people don’t know this but the marching band gets its members from people who volunteer to come out. The reason for that is because Purdue does not have a school of music so to keep the band alive and well volunteers have to come out and try out every year. During games the band can be spotted next to the student section and in the middle of the field performing before the game and during halftime.