The Hawkeye Marching Band is more than game day.

And we are more than a band.  

For 141 years, we've built a legacy that reflects the very best of what it means to be a Hawkeye.


In my four years as director of the Hawkeye Marching Band, there have been a lot of moments that took my breath away— From taking the ladder for my first Pregame as director, to our first combined performance of Alma Mater Iowa at Homecoming with 500 past and present marching Hawkeyes, to the moment we re-emerged from the tunnel after 651 days away from Kinnick Stadium in September 2021.

In the summer of 2020, as I prepared for the uncertainty of marching band in a pandemic, I felt an enormous amount of pressure and uncertainty. What if we never recover from this? What would a virtual season do to a band that’s been in existence for 140 years?

Here’s the thing about marching band students, their parents, their friends, our community, and our Fossils: They understand that the Hawkeye Marching Band is about so much more than 7 games in one stadium. They know that they are a part of something bigger than themselves— something that is forever. And, they know what it means to invest in themselves and their HMB family in the moment.

How do I know that? Because over and over again, our alums, fans, and entire HMB community come together during events like One Day for Iowa, or our GOLDrush campaigns, to share why the HMB is so special; how it’s impacted generations of marching Hawkeyes and the people who love them; how it brings our entire community together in shared understanding and Hawkeye pride. Our HMB family blows me away with their generosity. And I know that investment impacts our students. It makes them feel valued, supported, and ready to take on whatever the world throws at them.

I hope you will consider making a gift to help us build the future of the HMB.

Thank you for all you do!

On Iowa, and Go Hawks! 

Eric W. Bush
Associate Director of Bands
Director of the Hawkeye Marching Band

Iowa FTK Formation in Iowa Wave Halftime Show