Photo Album - Page 6

Photos by Fred Cerwick, 1972

At this time, Alvin Edgar was ISU's Director of Concerts, but had served as Director of Bands before Frank Piersol came in 1948.  In the late 1960's, Mr. Edgar was a primary booster for building the proposed Iowa State Center.  Before the construction of Stephens Auditorium (1969), the music department had only McKay Auditorium, the Memorial Union's Sun Room, or the ISU Armory for special events such as concerts.  Mr. Edgar's hard work promoting brought an amazing lineup of concert talent to the new auditorium.  At this time, Stephens Auditorium was the only portion of the proposed Iowa State Center which had been built.  (Read the unusual story about checking coats for the first performance in the new C. Y. Stephens Auditorium.)

A variety of tubas and sousaphones are shown in this rehearsal view of the Concert Band held in Exhibit Hall.

Bands at ISU

The Iowa State Symphony Band is one of three concert performing organizations in the University Band program. The Symphony Band annually performs two formal concerts on campus and participates in University convocations and other appropriate events. The University Varsity and Varsity Select Bands are concert performing organizations which present two programs on campus. Many of the 140 men who are members of the Marching Band combine with the women instrumentalists to form the three concert groups. Students from all departments and colleges of the University participate in the various units -- Marching, Symphony, Varsity, and Pap Bands -- and earn academic credit while enjoying varied musical experiences and unequalled opportunities to be of service to the University and the state.

from a 1969 Symphony Band program

The Symphony Band cornet section includes Barb Needham and Kent Crawford.

Nancy Mokelstead, Jim Buckner, Kent Crawford, Wayne Crow, ???, and Doug Aducie
are pictured in a late-night jazz rehearsal in Exhibit Hall.



It was interesting and fun to finish the ceiling (when the paid University workers were "way too slow") in Exhibit Hall on the west side of campus when it was being remodeled.   Students were supposed to stay out of the building and were not allowed to practice until the workmen were finished putting in a new drop ceiling.  The paid workers were through with the ceiling tile framework, but were taking their own sweet time (many days!) to put in the tiles, so several frustrated Music Majors (tumpet player Jim Buckner, sax player John Paduska, tuba player Marian Hendrickson, and euphonium player Alan Spohnheimer) stayed in the building after dark, as they often did for extra evening practice.

The music majors understood about what time in the evening the normal night-watchman whould insure everyone was out of Exhibit Hall by checking the door and by peering through the windows in the door.   Because they knew his routine, this evening the music majors darkened the interior of the building by turning off all the lights and then hid in the darkness.  They waited until the night watchman finally came by and rattled the door and looked in the window.  The watchman  left, satisfied that "all were gone."

The music majors then covered the door windows with paper, so that turning the lights back to finish the job on wouldn't be noticed.  They then worked to finish the entire job of putting in the all the ceiling tiles.  The speed the hired workers had been going, this would have taken them about two weeks or so!  Frankly, the toughest tile to get properly in place had to be fitted over a large eight-inch pipe coming down from the ceiling to the floor.  It was to go through the middle of a ceiling tile.  It was a tough job to make a round hole in the tile and somehow place it over the pipe without cutting the tile in two.  This problem was solved by unfastening this long pipe where it was patched together down at floor level.  The majors then cut a large (eight-inch) hole in the middle of the tile and then slipped that hole under the pipe.  The fitted tile was then pulled up towards the ceiling so the tile would rest in its proper place in the tile framework.  This was the masterpiece of the music majors that night!

When all tiles were finally in place, it was noticeable that many of the tiles wouldn't sit perfectly flat and level.  Some corners would stick up, from the window tile framework.  The majors decided to solve this awkward problem by quickly going outside to pick up some rocks.  They then placed the rocks over the raised corners to weight them down. Now all the corners of the tiles would be level and look just great.  It took hours, but the ceiling finally looked perfect!

The entire ceiling of the large bandroom was finished in a few hours that night!  The next day when the slow University workers showed up to make a bit more slow progress, they were shocked and really surprised (and were quite astounded) to see the entire ceiling done!  They looked over the finished ceiling and they especially could not figure out how some unknown crew was able to put the tiles around the water pipes without cutting a slice in the tile!

Now the music majors could practice in the Exhibit Hall bandroom without the distraction or interuption of the University workers!


Jim Buckner, Craig Burgeson, and Marion Hendrickson with the ISU Director of Bands, Acton Ostling Jr.

Lunch time at Friley Hall with John Paduska (sax), Kent Crawford (trumpet)
They are wearing their Marching Daddies t-shirts from the 1971 Sun Bowl trip (see below).

ISU Band guys will be noticed often wearing their 1971 Sun Bowl t-shirts in these photos.
This was ISU's first bowl game, held in El Paso, Texas.
ISU's football team was coached by Jonny Majors and they lost the game to LSU, 32 to 15.
Of course, the IOWA STATE Marching Band was all male.
That is what the "MARCHIN' DADDIES" is all about.



It is sometimes heard that there was one surprising season (in the late 1940s) when two
female bell players were really marching band members.  But they were always asked to hide
their gender by tucking their long "womanly hair" inside their marching band uniform hats.

These two fine and brave ladies once surprised and amazed their director and the entire stadium
by removing their hats when they bowed, following a bell feature number in their last half-time show.

Yes!  Even females can perform and enliven a football game half-time show!


While several music majors actually paid for the Friley Hall lunch by living in the dorms,
other majors accompanied them and snacked for free.  More Sun Bowl t-shirts are visible.

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