A Penn State Wedding Reception, Complete with Blue Band

July 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

I’ve been half-noticing the past few days that people on Facebook have been posting some sort of video having something to do with the Blue Band and a wedding reception. This morning I got curious enough that I actually watched the video, finally. And I heartily recommend that you do the same—I think it’ll make you smile.

Turns out that two Penn Staters—John Noll ’07 and Joanna Guldin ’08—got married last Saturday in Jonestown, Pa., and at the reception, a line of Blue Band alumni came marching in to play a medley of Penn State fight songs. Better yet, the musicians performing included the bride and groom themselves.


After watching the video—three times!—I Googled the newlyweds and found their wedding page, where I learned that both Noll and Guldin played trumpet in the Blue Band as undergrads. You should take a minute to read the story of how they met and of their courtship, such as it was. My favorite part is their less-than-auspicious first date:

John had mixed up the times for the ice rink, and it was closed. They walked around campus looking [for] and reading the blue historical markers. Some were interesting and some were downright awkward. When they stopped to read a sign talking about Penn State’s research in barnyard animal artificial insemination, they both knew that the date had sunk about as low as it could get.

From what I can tell, about five years elapsed between that first date and their second; it wasn’t until several years after they were out of college that they finally got together. But all’s well that ends well: Now they’re newly married and off on their honeymoon. Best wishes to the happy couple.

Tina Hay, editor

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