did you know...
the first orchestra (10 members) was directed by Jacob Jordan, the physics teacher in 1915.
the orchestra first performed at convos and basketball games, and was directed by Paul Smith, the history teacher in 1916.
the first female orchestra director was Miss Camille White, a Purdue graduate, in 1919.
the first high school band (1926) had both high school (14) and grade school (18) members, and was all male.
the first high school band (1926) was directed by Miss Camille White, but "Charles Lee takes her place in public."
John Phillip Sousa was the honored guest at a Jeff band concert in 1926.
in 1927, the first uniform consisted of a military style hat and cape over regular white shirt and pants.
Jeff first attended a state marching band contest in 1931.
in 1933, the band practiced at 7:20am Monday through Friday.
female musicians were not allowed to participate in the Jeff marching band until 1941.
in 1943, the band director reported that the "band numbers are down due to losing quite a few boys to the service."
the price of the tickets to the Band Spring Concert was set at 15 cents in 1944..
1949 Band and Orchestra Parents Club minutes show Mr. McAdams asking the parents to consider private lessons, "as the present standards could be raised in this way."
Mr. McAdams had the first, week-long, away from school band camp in 1950.
in1957 the director, Richard Bowles, wrote a march, "Field of Color" especially for Purdue's high school band day - in which over 8,000 players from 175 Indiana schools (including Jeff) participated
Jeff's spacious new school building, with a separate music wing opened in 1970
Carroll Copeland took the band back to Miami for its second appearance in the Orange Bowl Parade in 1971
in 1976. the marching band, under the direction of Gary Wishmeyer, was 194 strong, and included 8 majorettes, 16 flags, 3 rifles, 1 twirler and 2 drum majors.
Star City Festival, a Drum Corps International competition, was sponsored by the music department. Lafayette saw the Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Guardsmen and Cavaliers in 1977
Richard Miles, the new director in 1980, featured his #1 Drumline from marching band contest in the newly formed Percussion Ensemble.
the marching band participated in the 1983 World's Fair Parade in Knoxville, TN.
in 1984, the first year of the state concert competition, Jeff made the "Sweet 16".
the marching band placed 5th at the 1984 Grand National Competition in Indianapolis.
the marching band played in the Hoosier Dome for a Colts football game in 1985.
Buddy Rich played a concert at Jeff in 1986.
percussion ensemble performed at the 1989 Indiana Music Educators Association Conference.
in 1991, the Wind Ensemble made the state finals in concert competition.
in 1994, The Gala Affair is held for the first time in the corral. Only wind ensemble performed.
in 1995 there were 8 drum majors.
marching band participates in the 1999 Kentucky Derby "Pegasus Parade."
2011 - Winter Guard - Class A state champion
2016 - Percussion Ensemble - Scholastic Concert A State Champion
2019 - Marching Band - Scholastic class A champion
Directors of the Jefferson Bands
1925-1930 Camilla White
1930-1933 J.I. Skidmore
1933-1941 Bernard McAdams
1941-1943 Clyde Lucas
1943-1945 O. Leroy Davis
1945-1950 Bernard McAdams
1950-1952 Carter Brown
1952-1957 Richard Bowles
1957-1975 Carroll Copeland
1975-1980 Gary Wishmeyer
1980-1985 Richard Miles
1985-1987 Teresa Elliott
1987-1998 Steve Hoernemann
1998-2017 Tom Barker
2017-2022 Chris Paulson
2022- Tyler Long
Jeffersonian award recipients
1980 Chris Shelton
1981 Margaret Sattler & David Brooks Jr.
1982 Tracey Plantenga
1983 Christopher Rund
1984 Colleen Young
1985 Alan Niezabitowski
1986 Sally Armstrong
1987 Kimberly Dinkins
1988 Jonathan Burke
1989 Heathe Neideffer
1990 Amy Harper
1991 David Knill
1992 Mary Armstrong
1993 Joel May
1994 Michael Dunkle
1995 James Tesmer
1996 Christopher Reinhart
1997 Nolan Warden
1998 Janine Reinhart
1999 Jesse Janowiak
2000 Nicholas Schweiss
2001 Michael Pettry
2002 Jonathan Couch
2003 Brent Hardy
2004 Nicole Pollard
2005 Christopher Moser
2006 Eric Mowery
2007 Noah Watkins
2008 Anna O'Connor
2009 Jordan Buck
2010 Andrew Simmerman
2011 Meredith Johnson
2012 Devin Yoder
2013 Joseph McShurley
2014 Elena Escudero
2015 Andrew Walter
2016 Andrew Fiorini
2017 Joseph Rodriguez
2019 Madison Satterfield
2020 Sydney Mark
2021 Charles Ahlersmeyer
2022 Riley Vallier