Purdue Bands & Orchestras

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There are three chances to hear Purdue University bands this weekend! The Purdue Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Band, Concert Band, Varsity Band, and University Band are all performing Friday, and Saturday afternoon/evening. Guest conductor Loras Schissel, a senior musicologist at the Library of Congress, is a leading authority on the music of Percy Grainger, and conducts the Blossom Festival Band. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Jay Gephart, Doug Fletcher, and Matt Conaway about the showcase.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

Update 2/20/17: Adam Bodony will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Bands beginning fall 2017. Bodony will serve as the director of the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras and oversee the department’s Applied Music program.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Purdue Bands & Orchestra will host the 27th annual Purdue Jazz Festival through January 21st. The weekend will feature concerts and clinics from esteemed jazz musicians as well as competitions for 95 high school and middle school bands and combos. John Clare spoke with Mo Trout and Tim Coffman about the 2017 Festival.

John Cleary

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Douglas Fletcher, director of the Fall Concert Band, about the next Purdue Gold and Black Concert Bands performance, Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

Find out more about the concert here.

John Clare

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Jay Gephart, Director of the Purdue Wind Ensemble, about their next performance at the Sounds of Spring International Music Festival, Tuesday, March 29th at 8pm at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Find out more about the Sounds of Spring concert here.

Exclusive! Watch the band rehearse at Elliott Hall of Music:

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks with Adam Bodony, Interim Orchestra Conductor at Purdue. They discuss Purdue's orchestra program and preview this season’s concerts.

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks to Marion "Mo" Trout, Director of Jazz Studies at Purdue University, about the jazz program at Purdue. They also preview the upcoming Purdue Jazz Festival.

The Purdue Wind Ensemble and Fall Concert Band will present "Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" Sunday afternoon at the Long Center.  Jay Gephart, Director of Purdue Bands, previews the wide range of music that will make up the program.

More information is available on the Purdue Bands website.

Purdue Philharmonic and Symphony orchestra

Feb 16, 2012

The Purdue Philharmonic and Symphony orchestras will perform Sunday afternoon, February 19th, as part of the Purdue Bands and Orchestra's Winter Music Gala.  Conductor Andrew King talks about the concert, which will feature WBAA's Greg Kostraba at the piano.

Purdue Winter Music Gala

Feb 16, 2012

The Purdue Bands and Orchestras Winter Music Gala takes place Friday through Sunday, February 17-19th.  Jay Gephart, Director of Purdue Bands and Orchestras previews the event.