Indiana University Bloomington

History of the Marching Hundred


Historical Overview

Indiana University's famed Marching Hundred is the product of a tradition which dates 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 1916, the band traveled to Mexico to entertain troops of the American Expeditionary Force under the command of General Pershing. When the IU campus was converted into a training camp during World War I, the band played an important role in drilling American soldiers.

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), and the Insight Bowl (2007).

Each season the Marching Hundred performs live before thousands of fans as well as for national television and radio audiences. The band produces video and audio tapes of its outstanding performances each year.

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.

In 2007, the Marching Hundred was the recipient of the Sudler Trophy, naming it as the outstanding college marching band in the country.

In 2012, the Marching Hundred was the only band in the country to be selected to perform at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Every appearance of the band reinforces the motto of the Marching Hundred: A Tradition of Excellence.

Directors of the Marching Hundred

Current Director David C. Woodley
Since 1993David C. Woodley
1986 - 1992Stephen W. Pratt
1983 - 1985Wilber T. England
1972 - 1982Ray E. Cramer
1967 - 1971Frederick C. Ebbs
1956 - 1966Ronald Gregory
1954 - 1955Logan Turrentine
1953Kenneth O. Snapp
1948 - 1952Daniel Martino
1941 - 1947Gerald Doty
1935 - 1940Frederick B. Green
1929 - 1934V. E. Dillard
1926 - 1928Mark Hindsley
1916 - 1925Archie Warner
1914 - 1915Carl F. Brand
1912 - 1913Russell P. Harker
1910 - 1911John S. Taylor
1899 - 1909L. M. Hiatt
1898J.C. Hyatt
1896 - 1897S.M. Unger


William Kleyla 1941

Drum Majors of the Marching Hundred

2013Nathan Pratt
2012Kristina LaMarca and Nathan Pratt
2011Tiffany Galus
2010Tonya Mitchell
2009Annelise Herchen and Tonya Mitchell
2007 - 2008Schuyler Troy
2005 - 2006Brittany DiSalvo and Steve Meyer
2004John Gilbert
2002 - 2003Chris Stokdyk
2000 - 2001Brian Shaw
1999Matt Coy
1997 - 1998John Whalin
1996Steven J. Waldron
1993 - 1995Spencer Mayhew
1992Randy Jones
1990 - 1991Dan Beauchamp
1987 - 1989Greg Dotson
1984 - 1986Rod Shubel
1982 - 1983Timothy Yontz
1977 - 1981Ralph Ewell
1976Ben Hammontree
1974 - 1975Fred Kelly
1972 - 1973Charlie Harris and Fred Kelly
1971Charlie Harris
1969 - 1970Tabor Stamper
1967Larry Lafferty
1963Dennis Gregory
1957Wayne Hinkel
1956Gene Hasselfelt
1955Edward Stochowicz
1953David Watson
1948 - 1952Wes Humphrey
1947Phil Ferguson


Chronology of the Marching Hundred

1896
  • formation of the first band at IU (twenty-two men)
1899
  • L.M. Hiatt appointed director
1911
  • John S. Taylor appointed director
1912
  • Russell P. Harker appointed director
1914
  • Department of Bands established
  • Karl F. Brand appointment
1915
  • Archie Warner appointed director
  • IU Band becomes The Band of the First Regiment of the Indiana National Guard
1916
  • IU Band travels to Mexico to entertain American troops of the AEF under the command of Gen. John Pershing.
  • IU Band receives the highest unit ranking of the state militia.
  • During WWI, the IU campus was converted into a training center for soldiers, and the IU Band plays an important role in the drilling of soldiers.
1917
  • American soldiers return from war in Europe--IU Band roster lists 125 musicians.
1923
  • The IU School of Music is organized--band members receive academic credit for service.
1924
  • Grover Cleaver appointed director
1925
  • John Philip Sousa visits the IU campus and declares the IU Band to be "the snappiest marching and playing band in the country."
1927
  • The famous trip to Harvard University--the IU Band spells out "HARVARD" in a continuous drill during the halftime performance.
  • Mark Hindsley appointed director
1928
  • "Marching Hundred" first used as the name for the IU Band
1929
  • V.E. Dillard appointed director
1931
  • Alpha Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi established at IU.
1933
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Chicago World's Fair
  • "Battle of the Bands" with Purdue University
1935
  • Marching Hundred holds record for the fastest marching cadence--152 beats per minute
  • Frederick B. Green appointed director
1937
  • Marching Hundred travels to Texas to celebrate its centennial
  • Marching Hundred recognized as a "best band" at the national level--many bands attempt to copy letter formations and precision drills
1939
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Kentucky Derby
    Marching Hundred travels to New York Polo Ground (IU vs. Fordham)
1940
  • Presidential Candidate Wendell Willkie chooses the Marching Hundred as his official honor guard
  • Girls' Fife and Drum Corps accompanies the Hundred on road trips
  • Major Roy H. Hagarty named director
1941
  • Band activities slow because of World War II
  • Gerald Doty named director
1945
  • The IU Band resumes normal activities after the end of WWII
1948
  • Daniel Martino named director
  • Four concert units are formed within the Department of Bands
1949
  • Rho Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma established at Indiana University
1949-1952
  • The Marching Hundred makes three consecutive appearances at the Indianapolis 500 and Kentucky Derby
1953
  • Marching Hundred represents Indiana at Eisenhower's Inagural Parade in Washington, D.C. (130 members)
1956
  • Dr. Ronald Gregory named director
  • Marching Hundred appears at Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears professional football games
1960
  • Herald trumpets added to the Hundred
1964
  • Marching Hundred becomes the first Big Ten band to perform in the Orange Bowl stadium.
1967
  • Frederick C. Ebbs appointed director
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Rose Bowl
1972
  • RedSteppers added to the Hundred
  • Ray E. Cramer named director
1973
  • First women (marching members) added to Hundred
1979
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Holiday Bowl
1983
  • Wilbur England named director
1986
  • Marching Hundred performs at the All-American Bowl
  • Stephen W. Pratt named director
1987
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Peach Bowl
1988
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Liberty Bowl
1990
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Peach Bowl
1991
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Copper Bowl
1993
  • David C. Woodley appointed director
  • Marching Hundred performs at the Independence Bowl
1996
  • The IU Department of Bands begins a year-long centennial celebration of the Marching Hundred
1998
  • The IU Department of Bands adds a fourth faculty member; Dr. Douglas Stotter is named as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of the Marching Hundred
2005
  • Dr. Brian Doyle is named as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of the Marching Hundred
2006
  • Dr. Paul Popiel is named as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Marching Hundred
2007
  • The Marching Hundred is awarded the Sudler Trophy, naming it the outstanding college marching band in the country
  • Marching Hundred performs at the 19th Annual Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona
2008
  • The Marching Hundred becomes the first college band to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
  • The Big Red Basketball Band becomes the first college basketball band to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
2010
  • Dr. Matthew O. Smith appointed as Visiting Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands
  • Marching Hundred invited to perform during halftime at the Indianapolis Colts/Kansas City Chiefs football game in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
  • The Marching Hundred performs at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. as part of the IU/Penn State Football game
2011
  • Dr. Eric M. Smedley appointed as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands
  • Marching Hundred invited to perform during halftime at the Indianapolis Colts/Cleveland Browns football game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
  • The Marching Hundred invited to perform at the Bands of America Grand National Semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
  • Marching Hundred receives $1 million gift for new practice facility
2012
  • The Marching Hundred performs at Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
  • The Marching Hundred invited to perform during halftime at the Indianapolis Colts/Green Bay Packers football game at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Contact Information

Department of Bands
IU Jacobs School of Music

Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Simon Music Building, Suite 153
Phone (812) 855-1372
Fax (812) 856-4207

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