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Fans and Bands

Football fans Sparkettes perform during football game, no date

 Since the start of the school sports teams, student have cheered on ISU players.  From this humble beginning developed bands, cheerleaders, and the sparkettes performing and cheering at a variety of university sporting events, including spectacular homecoming half-time shows.  These few groups moved beyond their early beginnings to become renowned in their own rights.

Building on the school spirit of students, the development of the Marching Sycamores, Cheerleaders, and Sparkettes became main-stays for ISU Football games and events.  Started around 1933, the Marching Sycamores- marching band performed at ISU football and basketball games for physical education credit.  Despite the modest beginnings of the Marching Sycamores, the marching band has grown and achieved renown in its own right, performing at National Football League games.

The first reports of a cheer squad start several years after the Marching Sycamores began, around 1940.  Referred to as the Cheer Team with Yell Leaders, these early groups like the Cheerleading team of today, bring out the school spirit in audiences. By the 1970s, the cheerleading team not only energized the crowds, but performed complicated acrobatic stunts that landed them into national competitions.   

Started many years later, the Sparkettes after their debut in 1960 became a common presence on the football field and during half time shows.  The Sparkettes ability to entertain with their dances and marching have proved so popular they have entertained outside the ISU sports arenas.