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At 1,120 students strong, Purdue Bands & Orchestras—with its ever-growing ranks and more than 35 curricular and extracurricular ensembles—is the heartbeat of our University. These students span nearly every area of study—save music—and more than 70% are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Their average GPA of 3.28 is higher than the Purdue average.

Thanks to a leadership gift from Marc and Sharon Hagle and through the generosity of friends like you, the 133-year-old, internationally recognized department will be moving out of the cramped Elliott Hall of Music basement—a space the program has long outgrown—and into a brand-new, 37,000-square-foot facility in the heart of campus. We invite you to join us as we raise the remaining $10 million needed to complete the project.



You can make your mark by providing critical support to fund our facilities—and receive permanent recognition for you or your loved one.

We invite you to participate in our locker campaign by making a gift of $5,000 to receive recognition on a locker inside Hagle Hall or $10,000 to receive recognition on two lockers—one in Hagle Hall and another in the TREC facility.

Your contribution, which can be paid over a period of up to five years, will be commemorated with a naming plaque on a student locker. Contact our team (see below) for more information!


On September 2, Purdue Bands & Orchestras hosted a virtual event offering a sneak peek inside Hagle Hall. To check it out, watch the video or click here.


On November 12, Purdue University breaks ground on Hagle Hall, the new home of Bands & Orchestras. To check it out, watch the video or click here.

hagle hall render

Support the heartbeat of Purdue for generations to come! Give online!

To learn more about giving to Hagle Hall, contact Bob Shriner, chief development officer, at or 765-494-0246.



  • Jazz Rehearsal Hall
  • Small Rehearsal Hall
  • Percussion Studio
  • Administrative Suites
  • Sectional Rehearsal Rooms
  • Faculty Offices
  • Small Group Rehearsal Rooms
  • Outdoor Terrace

Naming opportunities subject to change and availability



// Accessible and environmentally controlled rehearsal space—including individual, small, and large practice rooms—with state-of-the-art acoustics

// Opportunities to boost recruitment efforts and spotlight the rich history and traditions of Purdue Bands & Orchestras, including a prominent display for the Big Bass Drum

// Office space that fosters a culture of open communication among students, faculty, and staff and facilitates a diverse, collaborative, creative, and inspiring environment

// Convenient location for students at the southeast corner of Third and Russell streets in the center of Purdue’s Student Success Corridor

// Adjacent to the marching band’s Hull Field rehearsal space, a TREC (Turf Recreation Exercise Center) expansion provides restrooms, changing facilities, instrument and uniform storage, and, in case of inclement weather, indoor practice space

expansion map


// The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, organized in 1886, was formed one year before Purdue’s football team

// Purdue Bands & Orchestras alumni include Orville Redenbacher (tuba) and Neil Armstrong (baritone)

// The Purdue Jazz Festival began in 1990

// The Purdue Wind Ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall in 2006 and 2016

// Purdue was the first Big Ten band to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

These are some of the best kids on campus. They’re bold, hardworking, and determined to succeed in all they do, from performance to academics.
jay gephart
Jay Gephart
Al G. Wright Chair of Purdue Bands & Orchestras
photo collage of purdue bands and orchestra performances
Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.