Pat Green to Perform with Hawkeye and Panther Marching Bands in Iowa

The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced Wednesday that three-time Grammy nominee Pat Green will perform during the halftime show of the Northern Iowa at Iowa football game in Kinnick Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15 (6:30 p.m., BTN). Green joins the Hawkeye Marching Band and the UNI Panther Marching Band to perform his smash hit “Wave on Wave,” the anthem of the Iowa Wave to the UI’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Green has sold over two million albums and released a string of 15 hits on the Billboard Top Country Singles Chart. He regularly sells out venues from New York to Los Angeles, and has earned comparisons to Bruce Springsteen for his explosive live shows. Green is scheduled to release his latest single “Friday’s Comin’” on Friday, July 20th.

“It is an incredible honor to be part of an endeavor which sole purpose is to enrich children’s lives and make them smile,” said Green.

“The Fight for Iowa game on Sept. 15 is our celebration of the State of Iowa,” said Charlie Taylor, UI’s Associate Athletics Director. “We could not be more excited to host Pat Green and both marching bands under the lights in Kinnick Stadium, to salute our heroes in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital.”

The marching bands will have a traditional performance of one number before they join Green in “Wave on Wave.” Green will perform from the stands near the south end zone with 50 members of each band. The combined remaining Hawkeye and Panther band members will create images on the field for the Kids to view during the performance.

“The University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band is proud to be a part this wonderful collaborative performance,” said Dr. Eric Bush, Director of the Hawkeye Marching Band. “As we all know, the tradition of “the wave” transcends the competition taking place on the field, and for a few minutes during halftime, we are thrilled to come together as fans, neighbors, and Iowans to recognize these courageous kids in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The Hawkeye Marching Band is grateful to Pat, his band and crew, the UNI Panther Marching Band, and the administrations of our two institutions for coming together to make this memorable performance possible.”

“The students, faculty, and staff of the UNI Panther Marching Band are honored and thrilled to participate in what is sure to be a landmark event surrounding one of the great traditions in college football,” said Justin Mertz, Director of the UNI Panther Marching Band. “We thank the University of Iowa and Pat Green for inviting us to join them in saluting the children at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. While our two universities might be opponents on the football field, we will unite as musicians for the kids.”

Iowa Athletics would like to thank the following groups for their efforts in planning to make this unique performance a reality; Pat Green, The Hawkeye Marching Band, The Panther Marching Band, Triple 8 Management, First Avenue Productions of Iowa City, and Sound Concepts.

Single game tickets and mini-packs for Hawkeye football are on sale now. Fans can visit for more information or click here to purchase Iowa vs. UNI game tickets.

A three-time Grammy nominee, Pat Green has become a cultural force across the country that has sold out venues from Nokia Theater in Time Square and House of Blues Los Angeles to the Houston Astrodome in Texas. Respected by his peers, he has co-written with artists ranging from Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton to Jewel and Rob Thomas. Green’s explosive live shows have made him a fan favorite and a hot ticket, landing tours with Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Dave Matthews Band.

Named “the Springsteen of the South West” by People, Green has sold over two million records and has released 10 studio albums. He has a string of 15 hits on the Billboard Country Radio Chart and twelve #1 hits on the Texas Radio Chart, including his latest single “Drinking Days,” which spent an unprecedented seven weeks at #1. He has been praised by Esquire, NPR, Rolling Stone, People, Billboard, USA Today, American Songwriter, Paste, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Austin City Limits, and Late Show With David Letterman. His album “What I’m For” made its debut at #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, which was followed by his critically acclaimed love letter to his fans “Home.”

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