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Hawkeye Marching Band Records

Identifier: RG06.0024.006

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Collegiate marching band at the University of Iowa. Photographs, drill charts, posters, sheet music and band arrangements, scrapbooks, audio and video recordings, select uniform pieces, and other papers related to band operations ranging from the 1940s-present.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1947-

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Hawkeye Marching Band (HMB) began as an ensemble in the Military Department in 1880, but transitioned to the fledgling School of Music under the direction of Orie Van Doren in the early 20th century. Subsequent band leaders Charles B. Righter and Frederick Ebbs completed the move in the 1940s and 1950s, as the band became known primarily for its association with collegiate sports, in particular football. Recognized in 1990 with the coveted Sudler Trophy as a “band of particular excellence who have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life.” Today, the HMB is 250 members strong and participates in many aspects of student life.


25 Linear Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to University Archives by the Hawkeye Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Eric Bush, in 2021.

Related Materials

Charles B. Righter Papers

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242