Music History
Iowa State University
Frank Piersol

The end of an era 

1966 Frank Piersol's last concert
Frank Piersol, "Uncle Frank's," last concert at Iowa State at the graduation ceremony held in the Armory

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"

Iowa State U emblem

Name change brings new "snappy black uniforms" 

You will notice that after Iowa State College became Iowa State University, the Band uniforms needed to reflect this name change. 
Now, instead of the red uniforms that said  
Iowa State College
there were new "snappy black uniforms" with  
"Iowa State U"on the sleeves.

New Iowa State Band Uniforms after ISU name change









1966 Iowa State Jazz Band
1966 Iowa State Jazz Band 

1966 Iowa State Jazz Band













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