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A marching percussion section could be found at the University of Iowa as early as 1880, as part of the school's Military Department and used mostly for parades. During the next several decades, the drumline (and band) grew, eventually performing at sporting events. The popular 'Boom' pregame entrance cadence was introduced around 1956.
Many of the Hawkeye Drumline's successes and traditions are thanks to Professor Thomas L. Davis. Professor Davis came to Iowa in 1958, founding Iowa Percussion as one of the first university percussion departments in the country, and becoming Assistant Director of Bands. He stayed at Iowa until his retirement in 1996. Davis' accomplishments include heading Iowa Percussion for 38 years, instructing the Hawkeye Drumline, combining existing cadences with his original compositions to form The Series, and even directing the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Today, Dr. Dan Moore heads Iowa Percussion. He, along with others, have modernized The Series with small adjustments, but the main idea remains the same, and it is still very recognizable to alumni who marched many years ago. More than one hundred years in, the Hawkeye Drumline strives to continue our rich, decades-old traditions while still aiming to excel and entertain.