The photos on this page were posted on the bulletin board in Exhibit Hall so the ISU Marching Band members could learn what needed to be improved during performances in Clyde Williams Field. The managers of the band would take pictures during half-time shows and then highlight flaws to motivate the men to work towards a perfect show the following Saturday.
These years, the marching band would work towards the Saturday performance in Clyde Williams Field by practicing across the street (West) from Exhibit Hall. Beyer Hall Gym (and the few tennis courts) was the only thing across the street. It was all grass all the way to within sight of the cemetery.
This Several band managers, dressed in gold jackets, are pictured holding the ladder.
ISU Band Day for high school bands on the Clyde Williams Field
The ISU Marching Band is in the stands, marked with the top center rectangle.
The first Iowa State College "Band Day", when area high school bands
were invited to participate in a massed show in the half time show, was in 1953.
During the 1968 marching band season the entire football stadium went into shock as the band (still all male) played a non-traditional version of the Star Spangled Banner which Mr. Ostling had arranged. The band might have eventually warmed up to his arrangement, but the athletic department didn't, and pressured Mr. Ostling into returning to the traditional arrangement.