IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The musician who sings the song played at every home University of Iowa football game during the Wave will be coming to the stadium to sing it in person during the upcoming football season.
Pat Green, the singer of "Wave on Wave," will be coming to Kinnick Stadium to play it live with the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band on September 15 during the halftime show.
Since 2017, at the end of the first quarter fans are asked to turn and wave at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital while Green's song is played.
The University of Iowa football game against the University of Northern Iowa will be considered the Fight for Iowa game.
"The Fight for Iowa game Sept. 15 is our celebration of the state of Iowa," said Charlie Taylor, University of Iowa associate athletics director, strategic communications and marketing. "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 band will play one song before Green joins them for his song "Wave on Wave." Green will perform near the south end zone with 50 members of each band. The combined remaining Hawkeye and Panther band members will march to create images on the field for children in the hospital during the song.
"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 children in the University of Iowa 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," Dr. Eric Bush, director of the Hawkeye Marching Band said.
"While our two universities might be opponents on the football field, we will unite as musicians for the children," Justin Mertz, director of the UNI Panther Marching Band said.
Green will perform at the First Avenue Club after the game for an 8 p.m. show.
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