Get to know members of our department & relive some special performances!
Get to know members of our department & relive some special performances!


Purdue Bands & Orchestras has been a second family to tens of thousands of people over the years, and that connection stays with you long after graduation. Below you can meet a few of the many faces of our family, and relive some special Purdue Bands & Orchestras performances from this year!

Say Hello to our Seniors!

Lucy Bays is a senior from Zionsville, IN studying Public Health with minors in Spanish and Biology. She served as Drum Major of the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band in the fall and played trombone in Concert Band in the spring. She was a member of the Purdue Trombone Choir as well. You can see their performances from February on our YouTube channel. Lucy was also featured in a commercial for the Indianapolis 500 this year (now scheduled for August 23). Check it out HERE! Congratulations Lucy and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Boiler up!

Faculty Feature

We are so fortunate to have the world-class faculty that we do in this department. One of those incredible faculty members is Dr. Jonathan Sweet. Dr. Sweet has been with Purdue Bands & Orchestras for 3 years and he recently earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky (congratulations!). His primary instrument is Euphonium and his favorite piece of music is Mahler Symphony #1. His favorite movie is Back to the Future and he is a huge fan of NHL hockey, especially the Dallas Stars. Say hello to Dr. Sweet!

BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

That's Her Next Giant Leap

Kara Tighe graduated from Purdue in 2018 after spending 4 years as a member of the All-American Twirling Team. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Over the past couple weeks, Kara has been working relentlessly on the frontlines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you so much to Kara and to all those who are working to protect our communities and families during this time! Click the button below to leave Kara an encouraging note or short thank you message. 
Send an Encouraging Note to Kara

Relive Purdue Alumni Band 2019

On October 12, 2019 the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band was joined by 550 members of the 2019 Purdue Alumni Band for their Homecoming Pre-Game Show. Relive the experience by watching the performance below!

Thank you to our

Corporate Sponsors!

Our Corporate Sponsors provide direct support to our student ensembles every single year. Through either cash or trade donations, their contributions support the unique performance opportunities for our students. Tom Sibbitt Chevrolet Buick is one of those generous sponsors, annually donating a pick-up truck to meet our consistent equipment moving and transportation needs. Please help us thank this amazing sponsor by visiting their website and considering their services. We could not do what we do without the support of our incredible sponsors!

Follow us on Social Media

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You can even participate in our #PurdueQuarantunes series and we may feature your performance on one of our pages! Record yourself performing and tag Purdue Bands & Orchestras to get a shoutout. You can also visit our website for resources on Entertainment at Home! It includes links to Virtual Concerts & Performances from around the Globe, our very own Purdue Bands & Orchestras entertainment, and music playlists from our great students. These are incredible ways to enjoy wonderful music from the comfort of your home!
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