Purdue dedicates new building to Bands & Orchestras program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University on Friday, September 23 dedicated Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall, a new home for Purdue bands and orchestras.

The four-story building is named after Marc and Sharon Hagle in honor of their $10 million leadership gift. Marc received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1971 and a master’s degree in business and industrial administration in 1972. Purdue Bands & Orchestras had operated out of Elliott Hall of Music since 1940.

“Students who are part of the Purdue Bands & Orchestras family have life-changing experiences that enrich their lives and education,” the Hagles said in a joint statement. “We look forward to the positive impact this new home will have on both the university and those who study here.”

An environment dedicated to teaching and learning, Hagle Hall will foster students’ lifelong journeys with music. Approved by Purdue’s board of directors in 2019, the $22 million, 37,500 square foot facility is located on the southeast corner of Third and Russell streets. It sits along the Student Success Corridor, which connects the student residential areas to the University Center on campus. A total of 1,554 donors contributed to the project.

“Purdue’s musical ensembles lift our spirits and touch our hearts. With this beautiful new building, we have taken a giant leap forward in providing Purdue Bands & Orchestras with a world-class environment where students will develop and showcase their exceptional talents,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Hagle The hall features accessible, environmentally controlled rehearsal spaces, including individual small and large practice rooms with state-of-the-art acoustics; three rehearsal rooms that can be used as classrooms; and a glass display case for the All-American Marching Band’s iconic Big Bass Drum.

“This building is a game-changer for Purdue Bands & Orchestras,” said Jay Gephart, Al G. Wright Professor, Band Director and Music Teacher. “With our new facilities, we are opening up important new opportunities for Boilermaker musicians for years to come. The generous donation from Marc and Sharon, along with the incredible support of our alumni and friends, has laid the foundation for decades of impact. Our state-of-the-art facility will transform how our students learn and how this department operates. »

More than 15,000 alumni have participated in Purdue Bands & Orchestras, including Marc Hagle. “I remember the traditions and experiences of my time with Purdue Bands and am excited to see the impact this new home will have for future students,” he said.

Today, nearly 1,200 students—spanning nearly every academic discipline at Purdue—perform in more than 30 musical ensembles.

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