Music History
Iowa State University
Frank Piersol, Meredith Willson

Meredith Wilson conducting the band.

Meredith Willson at Iowa State conducting the Iowa State Marching Band (south of State Gym).  This is near the stadium, Clyde Williams Field.   ISC's Frank Piersol is seen at left.  Meredith Willson wrote For I, For S for the Iowa State folks in 1953.  Meredith Willson was a Mason City native who was later known and famous for writing the book, the music, and the lyrics for the Broadway musical, The Music Man.

Meredith Wilson standing in front of the band.

Meredith Willson and the birth of a new fight song 
This song, "For I, For S", is still often performed as part of the traditional pregame show.

No one left the stands during halftimes of football games this year.  Not with the Iowa State College Marching Band, under the direction of Prof. Frank A. Piersol, performing.  The high-stepping musicians marched their way through complicated drills concerning everything from a welcome to parents on Parents' Day to the presidential campaign.   The band performed at every home game.  Spectators at Veishea got another chance to see the marching band in operation; it played an important part in the excitement and color of the Veishea Parade.

This year's band trip was to the University of Nebraska, where it performed at the Iowa State-Nebraska football game.  Membership in the 120-piece band is determined through tryouts.  Skill in playing an instrument plus ability to march and follow directions are necessary.

Members participated in the "Pops Concert," a huge success with the audience.  Some of the members were honored at the spring music honors banquet which is for students who have made outstanding contributions.





ISU Marching Band standing on the field.
The Iowa State College Marching Band performs a 1953 half-time show in Clyde Williams Field.