We did it! We reached 100 donors and have won an additional $2,000 from the IU Foundation. Now, we have a new challenge goal! See below for the details.
If 200 people make a donation to the Marching Hundred on IU Day, the Marching Hundred will win an additional $500. If 300 people donate, the Marching Hundred will win another $500 – for a total of $1,000. Make your gift now to help us “unlock” these challenge funds – no gift is too small!
At most every Indiana University athletic event, one thing is constant – the Marching Hundred. They are the rhythm of Indiana University.
After breaking-ground on their new facility, they are in need of resources that will allow them to grow and thrive, such as the acquisition of new instruments, instrumental repairs, travel funds, and much more. As members of the Marching Hundred, we understand the needs of the band. Your investment makes possible the most valuable gift of all: cherished Marching Hundred Memories. We all have them.
Won’t you make a gift today to support the Marching Hundred of tomorrow?
Indiana University's famed Marching Hundred is the product of a tradition dating back to the organization of the first band at Indiana in 1896. Originally founded to provide recreation for interested students, the 22-piece band of 1896 grew to 47 members by 1913.
In the mid-1920s, the IU Band began receiving national attention. When John Philip Sousa came to Bloomington in November of 1925, he referred to the band as "one of the snappiest marching and playing bands in the country."
The Indiana Band was beginning to earn the definitive title as "one of America's finest." In 1927, various newspaper and magazine columnists referred to the band in various descriptive accolades: Indiana's famous Marching and Playing Hundred, All-American Band, and the greatest organization of its kind on the Continent. Eventually, the title "Marching Hundred" came into popularity and has since been used to describe this outstanding organization.
The band's appearances have included: the Kentucky Derby (1939), the Presidential Inaugural Parade (1953), the Rose Bowl (1968), the Holiday Bowl (1979), the All-American Bowl (1986), the Peach Bowl (1988 and 1990), the Liberty Bowl (1988), the Copper Bowl (1991), the Independence Bowl (1993), the Insight Bowl (2007), and Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis (2012).
The Big Ten has long been noted for outstanding marching bands and the Marching Hundred has long led the field in terms of spirit, innovation, and musical quality. Numerous college and high school bands utilize elements of Indiana's rehearsal procedure and marching style. The Marching Hundred combines marching precision and musical brilliance seldom matched in the conference.
Every appearance of the band reinforces the motto of the Marching Hundred: A Tradition of Excellence.
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