ISU Band History Album - Page D

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(click image for an enlarged photo of the 1966  band or here for a view of a 1966 Symphonic Band program )

Signifying the end of one era, Frank Piersol, affectionately known as Uncle Frank, conducts his last ISU concert at the graduation ceremony held in the Armory in May of 1967.  He would have one more duty before his long career at ISU ended; later in May he would assemble a small brass choir for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the University Cemetery.  Although the Music Department had existed for many years providing an important outlet for students and service for the university, the next academic year would be different.   The music department would now offer a degree program in music. A "Bachelor of Science with a Major in Music" would get things started for a while.  It would take a few more years (until 1970) to assemble the faculty and offer the classes needed for a "Bachelor of Music".

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The 1966 Iowa State Jazz Band

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This photo shows a skit from the 1967 Band Tour.

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)

Walley Newport, left, helps show the new Uncle Frank (Piersol) sweatshirts.

Iowa State Bandsmen would sometimes remark that the sweatshirt picture of Uncle Frank
would look more like him if one would stretch the sweatshirt a bit longer, top to bottom.

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Music Department photos taken in 1972

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