University Park, Pa. -- Cole Cullen, co-producer/director of the WPSU-TV documentary "Making the Blue Band," will speak about the making of the documentary at noon Friday, April 10, in the Clemens Family Theater inside the Penn State All-Sports Museum on Penn State's University Park campus.
The documentary, which has received national recognition for exceptional video editing, follows eight incoming freshmen through auditions, cuts and the grueling days of band camp with the Penn State Blue Band. This one-hour documentary features students from across Pennsylvania as they audition for spots on trombone, trumpet, percussion, mellophone, clarinet, drum major, color guard and majorette. Each year about 200 freshmen audition for the Penn State Marching Blue Band, but less than half make it.
As a member of the Blue Band drumline from 1992-1996 and Blue Band videographer in 1997, Cullen has produced a number of Blue Band video yearbooks including "Raise the Song," a documentary following the 100 years of the Blue Band’s history. Cullen will discuss his experiences of making a documentary film and what it takes to make the Blue Band.
"Making the Blue Band" will be shown throughout April at the Clemens Family Theater inside the Penn State All-Sports Museum.