IOWA STATE Band History Album - Page B


By the 1919 to 1920 school year, the first World War was just over and many boys were back in college.
The 1920 ISC Bomb yearbook was titled The 1920 Victory Bomb.

1920 ISC Navy Band

1920 Iowa State College Band - Conducted by Ed Chenette

1920 Iowa State College Band Members

1920 ISC War Cry

Fight, Ames, Fight!
Forth down three, and the tension grows.
Stands are hushed, then the eager crowd
In the stadium, rows on rows,
voice thier war cry in cadence loud.
Crouching linemen react like springs;
Backs drive forward, the ball clutched tight,
Nerved anew as the chorus rings
Over the chalk lines - "Fight! Ames, FIGHT!"

Fog and mud and a cheerless dawn;
Whispers pass through the sullen rain.
"Two minutes more, boys!  Pass it out!"
Then - a whistle thrills - ends the strain:
Rattle of stones from the parapet
As soldiers scrambled to left and right,
Mounting; eyes flashing brighter yet
At the heart stirring slogan, "Fight! Ames, FIGHT!"

Thus they answered when honor called,
Giving all to their country's needs;
Leaving their college, stately walled - 
Blazing her name with spendid deeds.
Heroes, late of the football field,
Doing battle for God and right,
Shoulder to shoulder, never to yield,
With their glorious war cry, "Fight! Ames, FIGHT!"

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The 1925 Iowa State College Band

1925 ISC Concert Band Members are listed above

"The Iowa State College Band was organized in its present form in the Fall of 1920 under the direction of Oscar Hatch Hawley, who has been the conductor since that time.  Admission to the Band is by competitive examination.  Normally, the band consists of eighty players and about twenty-five vacancies occur at the end of each year.  To fill these vacancies, there are from one hundred to one hundred fifty applicants and the players accepted must be very good musicians, or else they are not accepted whether the vacancies are filled or not.  The band gives one concert for which an admission is charged each year.  In addition, many free concerts are played on the campus in pleasant weather, in the gymnasium during the winter, in the radio room for broadcasting.

The band usually makes two or three trips to other cities for games during the season.  During the years of 1924-1925, the band made two trips to Des Moines and one trip to Minneapolis.  The band plays as a military organization at many functions during the year, such as parades and inspections of the military unit.  It is called on frequently for music, for the Little International, the Military Circus, the Veishea, the Engineers picnic, the Industrial Science picnic, Memorial Day services, all games whether indoor or outdoor, and winds up the year with a special concert on the President's lawn on the evening of Baccalaureate Sunday."


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