Former BHS drum major leading Purdue’s marching band this season

Brendan Schultz playing alto saxophone for the 2018 season during pre-game warm ups

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Brighton resident Brendan Schultz has been named one of two drum majors of Purdue University’s “All-American” Marching Band for the 2019 season.

“I am incredibly excited and honored to be able to fill the role of drum major next season,” Schultz said.

Schultz, the Brighton High School Marching Band’s drum major for two years, has also served as a drum major instructor for the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinics at Eastern Illinois University for three summers.

Purdue’s Marching Band is a world-famous program regarded as a top-caliber ensemble among the college marching community. The program originated in 1896 as a university military band. Since that time the band has expanded to over 400 marching / supporting members and has become a pioneer for the marching band world.

In the “All-American” Marching Band, the drum major serves as the ad-hoc student leader for each of the sections, coordinating and conducting tunes/cheers in the stands during football games, leading the band in parade marching and conduct during on-field performances, among other responsibilities.

Schultz kicks off the 2019 edition of the “All-American” Marching Band at Purdue’s season home opener against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

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