Music History
Iowa State
Ed Chenette

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.

Victory Bomb Label



1920 ISC Navy Band
1920 ISC Navy Band


1920 Iowa State College Band
1920 Iowa State College Band - Conducted by Ed Chenette








1920 Iowa State College Band Members
1920 Iowa State College Band Members












1920 ISC War Cry

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 their 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 splendid 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!"

war cry