Purdue’s band to be without World’s Largest Drum vs. Notre Dame, first time since 1979

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The World’s Premier Drum is officially far too large for Notre Dame Stadium, Purdue explained Friday.

As a consequence, Purdue’s All-American Band will enjoy its very first halftime effectiveness without having its large bass drum for the initial time considering that 1979.

“In accordance to a interaction from the University of Notre Dame, our Band will not be permitted to consider the World’s Largest Drum by way of their tunnel and onto the soccer industry for this Saturday’s match,” stated Aaron Yoder, a spokesman for the university’s bands and orchestras. “Notre Dame Athletics has limited use of their major tunnel to their have soccer team and band, which is the only entrance significant enough for the Drum. We have been explained to that viewing teams and bands have to use a different tunnel that is a great deal more compact. Our Drum is about 10 ft tall on its carriage and 565 pounds so it would not even come near to fitting in this other tunnel.”

Purdue experienced employed the major tunnel to carry the drum out for their halftime clearly show in earlier matchups with the Battling Irish, nonetheless Notre Dame Stadium underwent renovations in 2017 which provided including a visitor’s tunnel. The Boilermakers past played in South Bend in 2012.

Even though the exact measurements of the World’s Biggest Drum continue to be a secret, a spokesman for Purdue’s bands and orchestras says it is really close to 10 ft tall on its carriage and 565 lbs. Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire

The World’s Biggest Drum, which was initial developed in 1921, is celebrating its 100th birthday this yr. The very last time the band was devoid of it was in 1979, when it went lacking from storage the evening right before Purdue played Northwestern. It was afterwards found behind an air conditioner in an spot obtainable only by ladder, which led to speculation that it experienced been stolen and moved.

According to Purdue, in the times of prepare travel, band director Paul Spotts Emrick, who had the drum developed, labored with the New York Central Railway to come across train autos that could property it. It now ordinarily travels in the again of a pickup truck.

University historical past says “the precise measurements of Purdue’s drum have been retained magic formula to maintain the mystique encompassing it.”

Texas, which has a in the same way huge bass drum named “Large Bertha” (8 toes tall) that was originally designed around the very same time for the College of Chicago just after currently being impressed by a Purdue band performance there, experienced a lengthy-operating rivalry with Purdue about who has the biggest drum in the world. In the meantime, Missouri’s “Massive Mo,” which debuted in 2011, is 9 feet tall.