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Boiler Brass alumni are back

A mother-son duo played together in Boiler Brass Thursday during Purdue's win over Iowa.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 12:13 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A mother-son duo played together in Boiler Brass Thursday during Purdue's win over Iowa. 

Alumni were back in West Lafayette to feel the nostalgia of getting the band back together.

"Oh it's a blast," said former Boiler Brass member Sandy Iavagnilio. "I look forward to it every year."


For the past four years Sandy and her son, a current senior at Purdue, have played in Boiler Brass during the university's winter break.

This time it was during a Boilermaker win over the 25th ranked Hawkeyes.


It's something Nick Iavagnilo always looks forward to.


"It's a great experience for the both of us," said Nick Iavagnilio. "It's a little bonding experience for the both of us. She's a Purdue graduates so now we have another bonding moment from our Alma mater which is really nice."


Boiler Brass officially started in the 1980's just after Sandy graduated in 1979 and during the winter break's the band is looking to fill spots, so the Iavagnliao family is always in tune. Both started laying instruments from a young age. Sandy played the flute and piccolo and Nick played the trumpet.

"I started playing the flute in fifth grade," said Sandy. "My parents started us doing that and I was in the marching band when I was in school here at Purdue, but they didn't allow flutes and piccolos so I was a flag."


Nick also started laying in fifth grade.


"As soon as I got going with it I got pulled in right away and it was my own passion and drive and continue pursuing it," said Nick.


Nick can continue pursuing it after May because he will graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering.


Then he and his mom can come back and play in Boiler Brass over winter break for years to come.

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