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Hawkeye Marching Band Goes Paperless

For centuries, musicians have used sheet music in the form of paper to read and follow along with the song they are playing. But just as books have gone digital, so has sheet music. The Hawkeye Marching Band is reducing their carbon footprint and keeping their students healthy by using an app. (WHO-13 Des Moines)
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The Morning Scramble - Black and Gold Friday

Just because there’s no Hawkeye football doesn’t mean The Morning Scramble can’t paint your fall Friday black and gold! Dr. Eric Bush, director of the Hawkeye Marching Band, shares the band’s virtual game day experience. (Z102.9)
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Marching on: Hawkeye Marching Band freshman continue to create memories and music during COVID-19

When Iowa’s football season was canceled on Aug. 11, the loss not only impacted the team, but also the Hawkeye Marching Band. Freshman band members have been tasked with adjusting to the transition to collegiate level band, along with COVID-19 restrictions. (The Daily Iowan)
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The Art of Marching

Marching can be a beautiful, exciting experience, and the whole of it can be beautiful and exciting to watch. Hidden behind grid lines and football fans, behind a pre-rehearsal workout and those infamous marching sock tans, is something beautiful. And in that beauty, in the sum of the many un-artistic parts, is an art of its own.
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The Morning Scramble - Black and Gold Friday

It’s a black and gold Friday on Z102.9! The Morning Scramble speaks with Dr. Eric Bush, Director of the Hawkeye Marching Band at the University of Iowa. The Hawkeye Marching Band just released an awesome pepped-up, socially distant video with members of the band playing #alonetogether. We share their socially distant Fight Song. (Z102.9 - Morning Scramble)
60 members of the Hawkeye Marching Band performing the Iowa Fight Song in a grid of individual video clips

Iowa Marching Band salutes healthcare workers with virtual fight song performance

The Iowa Marching Band put together a virtual performance of the fight song to salute healthcare workers working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. (KWQC - TV 6)
Drum Major Michael Janssen and Golden Girl Kylene Spanbauer lead the HMB in a parade at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego

‘What I know about band people is that they’re resilient:’ Hawkeye Marching Band holds online auditions for the 2020-2021 season

"As for the future, Bush said the Hawkeye Marching Band will continue to exist no matter the circumstances.
'We’re gonna exist somehow, even in the wildest scenario,' Bush said. 'We’re still gonna be one family. What I know about band people is that they’re resilient.'"
Jack Emptage

A Dream Within Reach: Making the Hawkeye Marching Band

Through University of Iowa REACH—one of the few programs in the country to provide a full college experience for students with special learning needs—Jack Emptage had the opportunity to achieve his goal of joining Hawkeye Marching Band.
Jared Hills ('59 BSME) with sousaphone

Alumni Band Reunites for Iowa Homecoming

For Alumni Band members, nothing lifts the spirits quite like belting out "On Iowa" or "Hey Jude"—especially alongside old bandmates.