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Release: Sept. 25, 2001

UI Alumni Band to perform at Homecoming pregame show

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of the University of Iowa Alumni Band will dust off their
horns for the annual Homecoming trip back to their alma mater this weekend, but they will have a special duty this year. They will have the great honor of performing solo at the Homecoming pregame show Sept. 29.

As part of their "Take Back the Field" reunion, the Alumni Band, which is sponsored by the UI Alumni Association, will continue their tradition of playing during the homecoming parade Sept. 28 and will join the Hawkeye Marching Band on the field at halftime. But the addition of the pregame performance came about with the help of Hawkeye Marching Band Director Kevin Kastens.

"A number of Iowa marching band alums have told me that they wanted to have more involvement in the Homecoming festivities," said Kastens. "I thought their performance of the traditional pregame show on Homecoming would be a great opportunity for them to show they've still got what it takes to be a Hawk! Our fans in Kinnick Stadium will enjoy this special performance."

The Alumni Band will play "On Iowa," the "Star Spangled Banner" and the "Iowa Fight Song" for the pregame show, and "America the Beautiful" for the combined halftime performance. A total of 204 band members from around country will gather for the Homecoming festivities.

For more information about this year's Alumni Band activities, visit the band's web page at or contact Susan Griffith, director of Alumni Programs at (319) 335-3294.