Retired band director to lead Purdue All-American Band on Saturday

A retired local educator from Columbus will take the reins in leading dozens of high school and college marching band students Saturday afternoon at Purdue University, hoping to make it a memorable and educational experience for everyone involved.

Don Robertson, 80, will be working with the Purdue All-American Band and 30 high school bands when they perform in front of thousands of people at halftime during Purdue’s noon football game against Nevada. He is a retired educator who served as band director at Columbus North from 1982 to 1989, then as band director at Northside Middle School from 1989 to 1996 before retiring.

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