City Alumna Elena Foster Set to Lead Cyclone Band

Foster worked on The Little Hawk as a reporter and Positivity Editor


What is your role for the ISU band?

I am currently serving my second year as a Drum Major for the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band. I function as a part of our student staff which helps with anything the marching band needs such as printing out music, teaching marching techniques, etc. During the football games, you can typically find me on a ladder conducting songs between downs as well as songs during half time. I would say that my role for the ISUCF’V’MB (Iowa State University Cyclone Football Varsity Marching Band) is to be their number one fan. The band makes my job easy because they are all so incredibly dedicated to supporting the Cyclones in whatever way they can.

What are you most looking forward to about tomorrow?

I am looking forward to seeing the Hawkeye Marching Band tomorrow because so many of my close friends that I met at City High are in the Hawkeye Marching Band. I am a huge fan of our rivalry, but I also am so thankful that we live in a state where two opposing schools can come together and enjoy some incredible football.

What advice do you have for City High students in the band?

My advice that I have to give for students in City High’s band is stay with it! Band has provided so many incredible opportunities for me, such as traveling to Normandy, France, to participate in a D-Day performance, serve in leadership roles in my sorority as well as the band, and have 350+ friends that I can depend on when times get hard. In college, it is important to find your home away from home and the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band is mine. Do what you love, love what you do, and follow your bliss.