The Purdue All-American Marching Band is celebrating an impressive milestone this Memorial Day weekend. It’ll be appearing for the 100th time at the Indianapolis 500.
Since 1919, the Purdue marching band has been making the trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “The greatest spectacle in racing.” Band members have the option to participate in the summer event, an opportunity that most take advantage of.
According to Hammer and Rails, the band will be performing Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful and Back Home Again in Indiana at this year’s race.
“Just the sheer fact that we’ve been doing this for 100 years is a pretty profound statement to Purdue’s commitment to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Jay Gephart, director of bands, told WLFI. “This represents a huge piece of our tradition.”
Sunday marks the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.