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August 15, 2003

Purduettes to join Glee Club at First Nighter concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the first time since the '60s, the Purduettes, Purdue Musical Organization's all-female vocal ensemble, will join the Purdue Varsity Glee Club in performing a concert to usher in the new school year.

The Purduettes' and Glee Club's First Nighter concert will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the north and south ballrooms of the Purdue Memorial Union. The concert is free and open to the public.

At the First Nighter, the Glee Club traditionally sings all of the Purdue songs that originated with their group. Purdue's fight song, "Hail Purdue," was written by a former Glee Club member.

Founded in 1893, the Varsity Glee Club always has welcomed students back to the university the first week of classes. For the club, it's an ideal time to introduce new members, who have been with the group for one week.

In addition to performing at Purdue, the talents of the group have been showcased throughout the United States and around the world. Their travels include nine European tours, as well as tours of Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and China. The Glee Club also has served as the featured entertainment at four presidential inaugurations.

CONTACT: Julie Ricciardi, PMO Club director, (765) 494-3947,; Brian Breed, PMO director, (765) 494-3941,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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