On Wednesday, November 11 at 12:30 pm, members of the Iowa State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band played “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa outside the State Gym.
According to Michael Golemo, ISU Director of Bands, “Before the pandemic, we were planning to present a special Sousa-style concert that evening in State Gym. This Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of a concert by the great John Philip Sousa Band in State Gym. This was the only concert ever performed by the Sousa Band in Ames and it was a matinee performance.”
Golemo added, “The Sousa Band brought quality music to people around the world and did much to elevate the standing of the concert band and music in America. Of course, people think of John Philip Sousa as a march composer, but he was so much more than that. In addition to being Veterans’ Day, this Wednesday is really a special day in the history of Iowa State University. Performing Stars and Stripes, which is the official march of the United States, is a fitting way to recognize Sousa on this centennial anniversary.”