ALUMNI BAND


Former Hawkeye Marching Band (HMB) members carry on beloved musical traditions and friendships through Alumni Band.

Members perform favorite songs such as “Hey Jude” and the “Victory Polka” at key university events, including the annual Homecoming parade and Iowa football pregame show. The Alumni Band also raises funds to enhance the Iowa band experience for current students. You can make a gift to support those efforts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2021 ALUMNI BAND HOMECOMING REUNION

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 – Homecoming Parade

  • 4 p.m. – Check-in at the corner of Washington and Van Buren Street
  • 4:30 p.m. – Percussion practice
  • 5:15 p.m. – Parade formation and Alumni Band warmup
  • 5:45 p.m. – Homecoming Parade begins

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 – Practice, Tailgate, and Pregame Performance in Kinnick Stadium

  • 8:30 a.m. – Check-in at the UI Field House Main Deck to receive field charts, marching assignments, and wristbands
  • 9:30 a.m. – Practice in Kinnick Stadium (Family members and guests may not view this rehearsal)
  • Noon–1 p.m. – Tailgate for Alumni Band members and paid guests at UI Field House Main Deck
  • 2:20 p.m. – Alumni Band pregame performance in Kinnick Stadium
  • 2:30 p.m. – Kickoff

PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST

Do you have your:

  • Instrument (please make arrangements to rent or bring your own instrument for all performances)
  • Music (see below)
  • Alumni Band T-shirt and lapel pin. Alumni Band Homecoming apparel will be available for purchase until Aug. 23.
  • Wristbands – All Kinnick Stadium pregame performance participants will be required to register and wear wristbands. Registrants not wearing their wristbands will not be allowed in the stadium. Wristbands will be provided at the Saturday morning check-in.

ALUMNI BAND HOMECOMING APPAREL

Alumni Band Homecoming 2021 apparel will be available soon. Please check back for the order link.

HOTELS

Visit the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for a listing of hotel accommodations.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC

Traffic and parking will be congested throughout the weekend in Iowa City due to street closings and Homecoming festivities. Please allow extra time when making your travel plans.

  • Friday: Appropriate off-street parking is recommended as the UI Center for Advancement does not have reserved parking for this event.
  • Saturday: Paid parking options include UI Hospitals & Clinics ramps, private homes that allow game day parking, and select parking lots. The UI Center for Advancement does not have reserved parking for this event. Visit the Iowa Football Gameday website for more details.

OUR LEADERSHIP

The Alumni Band Leadership Board is recruiting for additional members. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please apply using the link below.

To serve on the leadership board, you must:

  • Be an exemplar of ideal engagement for our constituents and current students
  • Promote alumni engagement through social, educational, and philanthropic initiatives and programs
  • Attend full board meetings and participate in committees and other board projects between regular meetings.
  • Serve a three-year term.

Event Performances 

Do you want the University of Iowa Alumni Band to perform at your upcoming event? Submit a request form.

Alumni Band Nostalgia and Resources

Watch this 2018 pre-game performance by the Alumni Band inside historic Kinnick Stadium.

Listen to These Classics

Remember those classic tunes you used to play on the field? How about the "Iowa Fight Song?" It doesn't get any more nostalgic.

Or maybe you recall this special song played during your downfield march at pregame! "On Iowa" is a classic.

Alumni Band Sheet Music

Former Iowa band members can find marching band and pep band sheet music for their instruments listed under each song.

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