WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Saturday's homecoming game will be dare we say it; out of this world!
Purdue's All-American Marching Band has been preparing for a one-of-a-kind halftime show. The performance is a way to honor the astronomical accomplishments Purdue has made, and also the perfect ending to the university's 150 Years of Giant Leaps campaign.
News 18 spoke with the drum majors of Purdue's All-American Marching Band, who were very hush-hush on the show's details.
Brendan Schultz and Lucy Bays wouldn't give us the whole scoop on what's included in the halftime show because they want fans to be surprised.
However, they did explain a lot of planning is going into it.
"It's going to be a big halftime show, Schultz said. "Lots of fun surprises."
The theme for Saturday's game is space.
Schultz and Bays said there's so much going on in the halftime performance that it's actually like having two performances.
That's because the alumni band will be performing as well.
With alumni band members, an additional 500 to 600 people are going to be on the field.
There's already nearly 400 people currently in the marching band, making for a crowded situation on the turf.
The two drum majors said the music the band will be playing will really make the space theme come alive.
"The music and also with the pictures we're going to be making out there," Schultz said. "There will be some surprise appearances so it's going to be a fun, fun show."
"We have a lot of astronauts coming back for an astronaut reunion," Bays added. "So we're kind of using our halftime show to show off what Purdue has done what they've done for space science."
The space theme isn't just for the halftime performance. The Boilermakers will all wear special moon-inspired helmets and an astronaut-themed patch on their uniforms.
Purdue football gave us a sneak peek of the helmets earlier this week.
The helmets are a way to honor the university's history as the 'cradle of astronauts,' and also the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Purdue takes on Maryland Saturday. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m.
If you can't make it to the game to see the performance, you can live stream it on Facebook via Purdue University's official Facebook Page. Click here to watch.