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Iowa "Beer Band" tradition comes to an end

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Members of the "Beer Band" march through Iowa City's bar scene the night before the Hawkeyes' home football games to perform fight songs. 

"They'll come out, you know, on weekends, and play the fight song," University of Iowa student Duncan McNaughton said. "and everyone will be there in a crowd and cheer along with them." 

It's a tradition that dates back to the seventies. 

But now, it's coming to an end. 

University of Iowa officials received complaints some song lyrics crossed the line. Some people who overheard performances heard lyrics that were sexually explicit and violent. 

Though the band is an unofficial group, backlash from the university and some of  the community led the group to disband. 

"They deserve the punishment they got because they can't just go around making these controversial statements and just expect to get away with it," student Holley Smorczewski said.

"The beer band, I like them," McNaughton said. "I think that's a great thing to have to kind of bring people together and cheer the Hawks on."

A website dedicated to the Beer Band makes no mention whether the group was forced to disband or if they did so on their own following the backlash. 

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