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    Cowbell

    How did this tradition start? Where did it come from?

    I really like this cheer and I feel it needs to become a bigger tradition at ISU.

    I wish they played it more often at football, and regularly at basketball games, and even after individual wrestling match victories. It seems original and could be something ISU is known for.



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    Re: Cowbell

    I just know fevers around Ames go down whenever it fires up...




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    Re: Cowbell

    One night in 1962 during a football game, as Mr. Dustin was demonstrating his lunacy by blowing an annoylingly loud horn and ringing cowbells in a fury, he noticed a little boy come alongside him and ask if he too could ring a cowbell. Mr. Dustin agreed, and before long he noticed other children gathering around yearning to participate. The craziness seemed to be contagious!


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    Re: Cowbell

    My guess is the band started this as something to entertain themselves during games. Before 2000, in order to keep cheering and have fun, the band came up with a lot of different 'cheers' to fill the time in games. These cheers kind of hung around until they became mini traditions that sometimes changed over time. A lot of these were cheers, motions, etc. that went with drumline cadences. My guess is that cowbell started in this way.
    Cowbell is usually once a game in the second half.

    Just my guess...

    Cowbell won't happen at anything other than football games and groove performances since those are the only times there is a drum line :)



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    honestly, idk when it started. It's been here and was a thing from the first day of band camp when i got here 3 years ago. really we only play it in the second half if the game is out of hand or in between quarters due to length (it's like a 3 minute song in whole). I love it though, and don't expect it to go anywhere. I kinda wish that more of the students/general crowd would join in though... or know what the **** we're doing...



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    Re: Cowbell

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy's Taxi View Post
    honestly, idk when it started. It's been here and was a thing from the first day of band camp when i got here 3 years ago. really we only play it in the second half if the game is out of hand or in between quarters due to length (it's like a 3 minute song in whole). I love it though, and don't expect it to go anywhere. I kinda wish that more of the students/general crowd would join in though... or know what the **** we're doing...
    Quote Originally Posted by Cy's Taxi View Post
    honestly, idk when it started. It's been here and was a thing from the first day of band camp when i got here 3 years ago. really we only play it in the second half if the game is out of hand or in between quarters due to length (it's like a 3 minute song in whole). I love it though, and don't expect it to go anywhere. I kinda wish that more of the students/general crowd would join in though... or know what the **** we're doing...
    Cowbell is old as dirt. I have a recording of it from 1994, and it was already well-established by then. Pretty sure it was written in the early 1980s, and became a tradition sometime at the end of that decade.

    As for the students joining in... that's what I'm here for. I left the band after 2006, the first season in the new north endzone seating. I was the cymbal player that was always WAAAY hyped up during games, and pandering to the student section/trying to get students to catch on to the band traditions. I still love the ISUCF'V'MB, and now that I'm in the student section, I do a lot to get the band cheers to catch on. As a drummer, Cowbell was my big project the last two years. (I even had a poster, so that they'd know to yell between the 3rd and 4th quarters!) We didn't start getting it until the last game or two of 2007, but all through last season, most of the students picked it up pretty well. By the end of the season, it looked pretty dang good! Of course, we'll keep working on it. You students that are reading this, make sure you're doing it, too! We can't just have leaders up front, we need them everywhere throughout the whole section to really keep it effective.

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    Re: Cowbell

    If I remember my history correctly it was started at Iowa state by steve smith (snare) and one other guy (toms). I can't remember his name, but a couple years ago he played the solo during homecoming in 2005.

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    I agree that it is an awesome cheer. it would be nice if the entire crowd got more into it.



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    Re: Cowbell

    Cowbell was written by Creighton Gaynor, one of the quad players at ISU when I was in the band. Steve Smyth took over playing it after Crieghton graduated.



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    Re: Cowbell

    I remember hearing/learning cowbell when my sisters were in the band in the early/mid 90s.

    I've just noticed it really catching on in the student section within the last 5-6 years, though. I think it's awesome.



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    Re: Cowbell

    For your listening pleasure!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZg0BnRIkso]YouTube - ISUCF'V'MB Drumline "Cowbell"[/ame]


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    Re: Cowbell

    Quote Originally Posted by ornryactor View Post

    As for the students joining in... that's what I'm here for.

    Hate to burst your bubble... we were doing Cowbell in the student section before 2006


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    Re: Cowbell

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble... we were doing Cowbell in the student section before 2006
    I seem to recall it really catching on late in 2004/early 2005 ish.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    I seem to recall it really catching on late in 2004/early 2005 ish.
    Yeah, I always felt kind of lame for doing the cheer with the band when I was in the student section from 98-00 when no one around me knew it. But it's Cowbell! Having been in the band one year I couldn't not partake.

    (Yes, I just outed myself as a band geek. I don't care, they threw the best parties.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by MoreCowbell View Post
    Yeah, I always felt kind of lame for doing the cheer with the band when I was in the student section from 98-00 when no one around me knew it. But it's Cowbell! Having been in the band one year I couldn't not partake.

    (Yes, I just outed myself as a band geek. I don't care, they threw the best parties.)

    Darn right we do... even though we do it the day before a game... which is stupid... oh well, nothin' like a 8am practice while still drunk...



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    Re: Cowbell

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy's Taxi View Post
    Darn right we do... even though we do it the day before a game... which is stupid... oh well, nothin' like a 8am practice while still drunk...
    Last year I seem to remember the practices feeling more like they were at 6am.


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