Friday, February 24, 2012

The Marching Hundred

The Marching Hundred (or "Hundred" for short) is Indiana University's marching band. Indiana University's famed Marching Hundred is the product of 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. The current band performs at all home football games, one away game, multiple campus events, and bowl appearances made by the Indiana Hoosiers. Toward the end of the season the Marching Hundred holds an annual Showcase Concert in the Assembly Hall. The Marching Hundred is the recipient of the 2007 Sudler Trophy.

The Marching Hundred consists of piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, euphonium, sousaphone, and marching percussion (snares, quads, basses, and cymbals) players. The Marching Hundred also includes The Redsteppers, IU's premier dance line. No colorguard have been included since 2004.

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). Returning from the 2006 away trip to The Ohio State University the Marching Hundred stopped in Indianapolis, IN to play at halftime during an Indianapolis Colts game at the RCA Dome. After this original performance, the Marching Hundred was invited back to the RCA dome to perform for the Indianapolis Colts' first playoff game in January 2007. However, due to the Colts not achieving home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Hundred was not able to perform. The following season, the Hundred performed as the halftime entertainment for the Colts' season opener on Thursday, 6 September 2007. For the 2008 season, the Hundred performed for the Indianapolis Colts at their first regular season game at Lucas Oil Stadium making it the first marching band to perform on the field at the brand new stadium. Additionally in 2008, the Marching Hundred was asked to perform for a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field. The Marching Hundred was also selected to perform a pregame show for Super Bowl XLVI. Additionally, the drumline will play along with Madonna at halftime.

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