Purdue band’s ‘Largest in the World’ drum won’t be on field for Notre Dame game

Purdue band's 'Largest in the World' drum won't be on field for Notre Dame game

As the Purdue football team and marching band make their way to Notre Dame this weekend for their Saturday afternoon matchup, one special member of the Boilermakers’ team will be absent: the band’s 100-year-old Big Bass Drum.

This will be the first time since 1979 that the drum hasn’t accompanied the band for a performance.  

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Purdue last played at Notre Dame in 2012, but since then, Notre Dame has stopped allowing visiting bands to use the main entrance to Notre Dame Stadium. So why can’t Purdue just bring the drum through the recently created visitors’ entrance? Well, the drum is the “Largest Drum in the World” at 7 feet, 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet, 9 inches wide. That’s too big for the entrance.

Another issue is that Notre Dame doesn’t allow field access anymore to visiting bands other than for halftime performances, so Purdue can’t do its typical run through the field before the game.

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Purdue’s marching band appeared upset about the decision on Twitter. It was especially difficult for the band since this is the drum’s 100th anniversary year and the team and fans have been used to hearing it for generations. 

Other Twitter critics wondered why Notre Dame would be this picky about having a drum on its field, especially because it’s such a well-known Purdue tradition. Others questioned if there could be another way to make the drum fit through a tunnel, or even if it could get dropped off by a helicopter (this option seems less likely). 

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With or without the drum, unranked Purdue is a seven-point underdog to the No. 12-ranked Irish heading into the first matchup between the two Indiana teams since 2014. One thing is for certain: The stadium will be a lot quieter than usual before the game, even with fans back in the stands.





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