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The Heartbeat of the University

by John Norberg

  • Hardcover
    $72.39
PUBLISHED: 15th October 2011
ISBN: 9781557535962
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Celebrating 125 years of Purdue Bands, this beautifully-illustrated book (which includes a musical CD) traces the history of Purdue University's Department of Bands from its humble origins as a drum unit for the student army training corps to the 2010 appearance of the All-American Marching Band as leader of the Macy's Day Parade in New York.
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  • Hardcover
    $72.39
PUBLISHED: 15th October 2011
ISBN: 9781557535962
ANNOTATION:
Celebrating 125 years of Purdue Bands, this beautifully-illustrated book (which includes a musical CD) traces the history of Purdue University's Department of Bands from its humble origins as a drum unit for the student army training corps to the 2010 appearance of the All-American Marching Band as leader of the Macy's Day Parade in New York.

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Celebrating 125 years of Purdue Bands, this beautifully-illustrated book (which includes a musical CD) traces the history of Purdue University's Department of Bands from its humble origins as a drum unit for the student army training corps to the 2010 appearance of the All-American Marching Band as leader of the Macy's Day Parade in New York.

Publisher Description

From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to its annual appearance at the Indianapolis 500 auto race, Purdue University's "All-American" Marching Band has been at the heart of celebrations across the United States (and the wider world) since 1886, less than twenty years after the University itself was founded in central Indiana. While the marching band is the musical flagship of the University, the Department of Bands also includes jazz and concert ensembles as well as a symphony orchestra. Every year, hundreds of young men and women are welcomed into this community of music, and alumni range from astronaut Neil Armstrong to popcorn legend Orville Redenbacher.

Celebrating 125 years of Purdue Bands, this beautifully-illustrated book traces the history of Purdue University's Department of Bands from its humble origins as a drum unit for the student army training corps to the 2010 appearance of the "All-American" Marching Band as leader of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, seen by over fifty million television viewers. It follows the lives of the organisation's members and legendary directors, such as Paul Spotts Emrick and Al G. Wright, and highlights some of the band's iconic features, such as the "World's Largest Drum" and its legendary twirlers; the Golden Girl; the Girl in Black; the Silver Twins; and the Goldusters.

Beyond the glitz, the story includes tragedy, such as the Halloween day train collision that claimed the lives of seventeen people in 1903, as well as groundbreaking success. But, through it all, the beat of one of the Midwest's great treasures goes on, bringing fulfillment to its members as well as inspiration to its myriad fans.

Author Biography

John Norberg is a writer based in West Lafayette, Indiana. John Norberg is an experienced journalist and the author of five books, including Wings of Their Dreams (2003) about the role of aviation's pioneers and trailblazers in the history of flight and space.

Product Details

Author
John Norberg
Publisher
Purdue University Press
Series
Founders Series
Year
2011
ISBN-10
1557535965
ISBN-13
9781557535962
Format
Hardcover
Subtitle
125 Years of Purdue Bands
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
HEARTBEAT OF THE UNIV
Language
English
Illustrator
Len DiSalvo
Media
Book
Pages
200
Illustrations
Illustrations
Publication Date
2011-10-15
Audience
General/Trade