Imagine: it’s game day in Iowa City.
Decked out in black and gold (a uniform and a shako, or your Hawkeye best), the game clock nears 20:00 before kickoff, and you take your place.
From your seat in the Kinnick stands, or your spot on the sideline, you listen for it:
A voice that has echoed for more than 40 years greets 70,000 fans, and then you hear it:
“It’s time to get ready for the BOOM.”
The Hawkeye Marching Band Development Fund is utilized to enhance every aspect of the Hawkeye Marching Band: student experience, community engagement, performances, and support staff. Gifts to this fund directly impact the scope and scale of the HMB's performances and invest not only in our current students' educational experiences, but in the future of the band.
Lou Crist and his brother Lyndon performed in the Hawkeye Marching Band as undergraduate students in the 1950s and 60s, and in 1981, Lou became the band’s announcer. For more than 40 years, his voice has narrated game day with the Hawkeye Marching Band. This year, Lou and his wife, Jan, established a new, unrestricted fund for the Hawkeye Marching Band: The Lou Crist Legacy Fund, to ensure the band continues to grow and thrive for generations of future marching Hawkeyes.
Other Ways to Give
The Hawkeye Marching Band benefits from a number of named funds and endowments that directly impact specific initiatives in the Hawkeye Marching Band, from scholarships for students to the specific needs of different sections in the band. Those funds are:
The Hawkeye Drumline Excellence Fund
The Kelly Enstrom Marching Band Scholarship Fund
The Jared and Carol Hills Sousaphone Fund
The Truax Family Scholarship Fund
If you are interested in giving to one of these funds, please contact HMB Director of Development, Kate Metcalf.