Iowa State Band History Album - Page F


1962 Veishea Ceremonies were opened by the varsity band under the direction of Frank Piersol.
The band was joined in several numbers by the Iowa State Singers.

Concert and Varsity Bands

Ninety of the finest instrumentalists on campus make up the Iowa State University Concert Band.  These members are chosen by competitive auditions based on playing ability, sight reading, accuracy, and other musical traits.  Meeting three times a week keeps these musicians in top shape.  The band functions as a concert unit during the entire year, playing the finest instrumental literature.  During the year, strains from the band can be heard floating from Club 200 Concert, lending an extra tone to the Christmas Festival of Music, giving the Religion-in-Life convocation a harmonious tone and dressing up winter and spring quarters with formal concerts.  The band takes an annual tour.  Various television and radio broadcasts throughout the year make use of the talents of the members of Concert Band and their ability to make "easy listening."

Drum Majors only occassionally come to a stand-still in the course of leading the band's halftime show.

1962 Marching Band

The first home game of the season finds the marching band moving into formation to salute the high school cheerleaders who came to Iowa State for a cheerleading clinic.

The Iowa State University Marching Band was the featured demonstration group at a high school band festival in Carroll.  The band is a unit of one hundred twenty men which provides programs and half-time entertainment for all home football games.  The band also makes annual appearances at the Homecoming Pep Barbecue and the Veishea parade.  A small pap band from this same group provides music for pep rallies and basketball games during winter quarter.  The band rehearses three times a week in preparing football shows, which include precision drills, dance routines, and pattern formations.  All music is especially arranged for each performance.

The Iowa State University marching bands would always perform each year in the Veishea Parade.


1964 Marching Routine

Even though the new uniforms were "snappy black" and said "Iowa State U",
one could still see the color red (cardinal) on the uniform overlays.

Iowa State bandsmen grew fond of their conductor, Frank Piersol, whose career at Iowa State lasted from 1948 through 1967.  The next year he moved over to the University of Iowa were he served on the Music Department from 1968 through 1980.

This photo of Frank Piersol at the Iowa Bandmaster's convention was taken towards the end of his career.  He is seen smiling because he was describing what he had observed from his association with Karl King.

Read for yourself what Uncle Frank said, 
(saved on the Karl King website)

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