Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band Accepts Wapsie Valley Alumnus | Oelwein daily register


Sports fans and non-sports fans alike will see a familiar face if they tune in for the next University of Iowa football season.

Wapsie Valley High 2021 alumna Asa Kelley will continue to wear black and gold, this time at Kinnick Stadium after successfully auditioning for the Hawkeye Marching Band on clarinet.

Kelley auditioned by playing an ascending chromatic scale through the “controlled highest note” – meaning he could comfortably play – a third D octave and performed solo on “Pirates of the Caribbean” to demonstrate his skills musical both “technical and lyrical”. according to Kelley.

This dovetails with his major in music education, with an emphasis on instrumental music “for now,” he added.

Kelley first saw the Hawkeye Marching Band around age 7 and attended three or four games.

“Ever since I was younger, I really wanted to be a part of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band, especially to see them in person,” Kelley said.

It’s no surprise that he enrolled in the marching band during all four years of high school. Kelley has performed in three different shows.

“By doing show after show every year, I’ve fallen in love with it,” he said, especially “the artistic interpretation of presenting a themed show in a walking style.

“It was so much fun putting all the steps together to create something to present at halftime.”

The pandemic has ended his senior season.

“Missing my senior show was really disappointing and disheartening,” Kelley

noted. “This situation is happening, it made me realize how much I missed (and wanted) to try to continue in college.”

Kelley will be moving to campus on August 14 to start Marching Band Camp. Regular rehearsals last about 10 hours per week.

The seven-game regular-season schedule begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, when the Hawkeyes host Indiana. The group marches at half-time.

Kelley’s performance schedule is expected to be:

September 4, 2:30 p.m. vs. Indiana

September 18, 2:30 p.m. vs. Kent State

September 25 TBD vs. Colorado State

October 2 TBD, Urbandale Marching Invitational, in Urbandale.

October 9 TBD vs. Penn State

Oct. 15 TBD, “Homecoming Parade,” in downtown Iowa City.

October 16, 2:30 p.m. vs. Purdue

November 13 TBD vs. Minnesota

The Big Ten Championship game, if Iowa qualifies, will take place on December 4 at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis.

Many may know Kelley from her performance last year in “Hemophilia, the Zoomsical,” a Zoom musical held in July 2020. Around this time, Kelley spoke about growing up with hemophilia.

Kelley will complete her first summer as a camp counselor for other children with bleeding disorders on August 13 at Camp Tanager outside of Mount Vernon. He has been attending the camp since he was 3 years old.

“Hemophilia camp has always had a special place in my heart, because although I will always live with severe hemophilia, at the camp I was surrounded by children like me who are now friends for life,” he said. he declared. “The hemophilia camp made it seem like having a bleeding disorder was normal.

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