* Purdue University Bands

April 10, 2007

Auditions for Purdue twirlers, dancers and flag corps to be held

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Auditions for Purdue's solo twirler positions, including the Golden Girl, Girl in Black and Silver Twins, will take place on Saturday (April 14) in Mackey Arena.

The public is invited to watch the performance segment of the auditions beginning at 10:15 a.m., which take place during Spring Fest activities on campus.

For the first time, auditions for the 2007-08 twirling team will be held on the same day. Two other Purdue "All-American" Marching Band auxiliary units, the Golduster Dancers and the Golden Silks flag corps, will hold auditions on April 28.

All four of Purdue's current solo twirlers, including Golden Girl Meghan LaMontagne from Pelham, N.H., Girl in Black Tierney Brown from Bloomington, Ind., and Silver Twins Megan and Morgan Von Dielingen from Seymour, Ind., will be competing on April 14. By tradition, all solo twirlers must compete each year to repeat in their positions or obtain a new one.

Approximately 15 twirlers, mainly from the Midwest, are expected to compete for the solo positions and places on the twirling team, said Alisha Kuckartz, auxiliaries director.

"This tells me the word is out about Purdue and its twirling program," Kuckartz said.

Following the performance auditions, the women competing for the solo spots will have personal interviews with the judges.

"All of these women are talented in different ways and we need to choose the four best for all the aspects of the position," she said. "Besides talent, there's presence on the field, showmanship and their ability to communicate. There are so many things to look at."

Purdue Bands director Jay Gephart will lead the team of judges and announce the solo twirlers at 5 p.m. April 14 in Elliott Hall of Music, Room 15. The public is invited to attend the announcement.

Auditions for the Golduster Dance Team and the Golden Silks will begin at 10 a.m. April 28 at the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility and continue through the day. Members of the 2007-08 teams will be announced at approximately 6 p.m.

For information about Purdue's auxiliary programs, contact Kickartz at (765) 494-9115 or visit

Writer: Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director, (765) 496-6785,

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