“Making the Blue Band”


High school musicians across Pennsylvania dream of one day marching into Beaver Stadium before 107,000 screaming fans. Each year about 200 freshmen audition for the Penn State Marching Blue Band; less than half make it.

Now a documentary titled “Making the Blue Band” by Penn State Public Broadcasting follows eight incoming freshmen through auditions, cuts and the grueling days of band camp as they pursue their goal of playing in this Big Ten college band.

“I am very excited to have our band members profiled in this documentary,” says Dr. Richard Bundy, director of the Penn State Blue Band. “The time and dedication these musicians give to the Blue Band really help them develop life lessons—in this case, that they are part of something much bigger than themselves.”

The one-hour show will air on Pennsylvania Public Television Network stations beginning Nov. 5 and continue at least through the end of December. View a trailer and broadcast times at www.wpsu.org/makingtheblueband. The DVD will also be on sale through Penn State Media Sales.


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