Van Hayden Band

Van Hayden Band

2024 World Tour

We have an exciting year planned for 2024. Check out the following dates we are performing along with our upcoming Fall Tour at Iowa Hawkeye home football games. It's gonna be great!!

Vanbulance New Uniform

Van Hayden Band reveals the new look for their custom converted ambulance. The beautiful vinyl wrap styled like Eddie Van Halen's guitar "Bumblebee" has been provided by thINK Custom in Elkader, Iowa. Storage for the Vanbulance is courtesy of MegaStorage in Tiffin, Iowa.

Upcoming Shows

July 26
Fayette County Fair in West Union, Iowa
August 30
FRYfest in Iowa City, Iowa
August 31
Iowa vs. Illinois State in Iowa City, Iowa
September 7
Iowa vs. Iowa State in Iowa City, Iowa
September 27
Private Party
September 28
West Union 175th Celebration Parade in West Union, Iowa
September 28
Private Party
October 12
Iowa vs. Washington in Iowa City, Iowa
October 25
Iowa Homecoming Parade in Iowa City, Iowa
October 26
Iowa vs. Northwestern in Iowa City, Iowa
November 2
Iowa vs. Wisconsin in Iowa City, Iowa

For Media Inquiries and Booking Information, please contact us at VanHaydenBand@gmail.com

Van Hayden Band performing at a tailgate at the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday, October 21st

Featured Videos

Van Hayden's Punt! (Official Lyric Video)

Van Hayden's Iowa (Official Lyric Video)

Caitlin Clark (Oh) Pretty Woman (Official Lyric Video)

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The Band

Hayden Lee Roth
Lead Vocals
Eddie Van Hayden
Guitar
Michael Van Hayden
Bass
Alex Van Hayden
Drums
Wolfie Van Hayden
Keytar

Van Hayden Band sitting on bleachers

About Van Hayden Band

Van Hayden is a Hayden Fry and Van Halen tribute band. The band's mission is to enhance the Iowa Hawkeye tailgating experience through Van Halen’s music and Hayden Fry’s legacy. To accomplish this, the band performs rock music out of a custom converted ambulance, lovingly known as "The Vanbulance." The band drives their mobile stage around Kinnick Stadium for select Iowa Hawkeye football games entertaining fans at tailgates by performing songs from the Van Halen catalog. The band also performs at community events, private parties, and has even marched in an Iowa Homecoming parade.

Van Hayden is made up of 5 members, all with strong ties to The University of Iowa. The band's costumes pay homage to the late, great, former Iowa Hawkeye football coach Hayden Fry. The music performed is from the Van Halen song catalog. Each song has been modified with a twist where the lyrics are changed to share the band's love for Iowa Hawkeye sports teams. Check out their song, "Iowa," which is a parody of Van Halen's "Panama." Another song, Punt!", is inspired by Van Halen's "Jump!" Their parody of the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" is dedicated to the former Iowa Women's Basketball star, Caitlin Clark.

Van Hayden Origin Story

We have been tailgating at Iowa Hawkeye football games alongside our childhood friends for the past 40+ years at various places up and down Melrose Avenue. We have seen the Magic Bus come and go, as well as many other amazing tailgates we have attended all around Kinnick Stadium. However, today we'd like to tell you about one tailgate in particular ...

Back in the 1980s, there was a tailgate on Melrose Avenue a little further down from our typical pre-game spot. At this tailgate, a guy would stand on a cooler and read aloud a poem before the kickoff of each Iowa Hawkeye football game. The Poem was performed by the "Hawkeye Poet", Carl Schwendinger. His rhyming verses were filled with funny jokes along with a good natured teasing about the current state of the Iowa football program. There was always a little dig at the opposing team, but what was great to us was that the Poem was always family friendly and positive. In those earlier days of Iowa football games, you would walk along Melrose and see a sign posted on a tree displaying the time of the reading of The Poem. These were the days before YouTube and social media. You only had one chance to see it performed, otherwise, you'd have to wait until the next game.

As the "Hawkeye Poet" would begin to speak, the large crowd that gathered around would instantly fall to a hush to listen closely. The crowd would lean in, then roar at key moments as he delivered the frenzied reading. In our memory, there was always the final stanza of the Poem that would get everyone excited for the game, and then the crowd would disperse. Hawkeye fans would walk away with a huge smile as they streamed into Kinnick Stadium. Clearly, The Poem left a huge impression on us from our childhood and we wanted to provide a similar experience. That is why every Van Hayden performance excites fans, gives them a positive pre-game experience, and puts a smile on their faces as they head into the game.

Van Hayden Band holding instruments holding an Iowa Hawkeye football

What is Our Inspiration?

In recent years, we have had close friends experience life threatening illnesses such as cancer. These life changing events have given us perspective and have helped us realize that everyone needs to live life to the fullest. As Van Halen says in the song Feelin’ ...

"Grow it long, shave it off.
Life is hard, never soft.
I need a change, I need it quick,
before it makes me sick."

So, with our friends getting sick, we have decided to bring awareness to as many Hawkeye fans as we can. Before each performance, we will request that if the crowd knows Van Halen and recognize Hayden Fry as one of the best and most memorable coaches of all time, then the time is Right Now to schedule health check ups, such as a colonoscopy and prostate exam, so we all can keep on Dancing in the Streets!!

For media inquiries and booking information, Van Hayden can be reached by e-mail at VanHaydenBand@gmail.com

Rookie Card

Check out our special edition rookie card!! Just ask for one the next time you see us performing at a tailgate. Be cool, though, and ask in-between songs. We can't rock out and hand out at the same time, you know?

Van Hayden Band Rookie Card Front

Van Hayden Band Rookie Card Back

Past Shows 2024

Saturday, June 8th, 2024

thINK Custom Open House Party

thINK Custom Open House in Elkader, Iowa from 5:00 to 9:00pm on Saturday, June 8, 2024

We are thrilled to announce our first appearance in 2024 is at the thINK Custom Open House in Elkader, Iowa from 5:00 to 9:00pm. The Vanbulance will be sporting a brand new, custom designed uniform created by our friends at thINK Custom. Wanna know what the new, rockin' exterior of our beloved 1994 ambulance looks like? Then you gotta show up, eat some BBQ, and gawk at the best rolling sound system ever dreamed up by Van Halen and Hawkeye fans.

Event Details
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thINK Custom Open House Party
Time
5:00 - 9:00pm
Address
713 High Street, Elkader, IA
BYOC
Bring Your Own Chair

A few members of the band will be in attendance playing the Van Halen song catalog through our upgraded sound system. However, this won't be a full performance. We don't want to give you the Runaround, but we are working on a bunch of new songs that will have you standing on Top of the World .

Hope y'all can come out to support our friends at thINK Custom, see the new Vanbulance outfit, and enjoy the kickoff of summer with some BBQ and hopefully a lil' Poundcake.


Past Shows 2023

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

Minnesota vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Football Game

We love you Iowa City! Last tour of the season started bumpy & ended amazing, all because of you! Thank you for your support, hospitality & Hawkeye spirit!

Van Hayden Band performing at a tailgate at the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday, October 21st Van Hayden Band performing at a tailgate at the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday, October 21st Van Hayden Band performing at a tailgate at the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday, October 21st Van Hayden Band performing at a tailgate at the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday, October 21st

Here were the scheduled stops where we performed before the Iowa vs. Minnesota football game on Saturday, October 21st.

Next Gigs on October 21 Final Tour of the Season | Follow Van Hayden Band on social media

Another amazing day for tailgating! However, we were unable to keep that Pig!! Floyd of Rosedale is a trophy and tradition that the Van Hayden Band has watched for many years and we were sad that our music and tailgating fun did not help the Hawks keep the pork in Iowa City for yet another year.

We also had some difficulties with the Vanbulance battery at the break of day, so all of our exciting plans to warm up as many Hawkeye fans before the game didn't quite pan out the way we expected. All that said, NBC Sports stopped by one of our tailgates and filmed the band along with many of our loud, amazing fans. Check out the video and listen to the broadcasters talking about our sweet "Punt!" lyrics!

October 21 | 8:30am - Triangle Court | Van Hayden Band October 21 | 9:30am - Rugby Fields | Van Hayden Band October 21 | Noon - The Wedge with Hawkeye Elvis | Van Hayden Band October 21 | 1:00pm - 331 Melrose Court | Van Hayden Band


Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Homecoming
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Wow, we met Herkey and Hawkeye Elvis all on the same day!! We took some fun videos and tons of photos to capture our Homecoming memories for years to come. Thank you Hawkeye fans for yet another great day of tailgating!! Plus, it was a Hawkeye win, so that kept the celebrations going well into the evening.

Van Hayden Band performing with Herkey

Van Hayden Band with a large Iowa Hawkeye flag and a person dressed up as Nile Kinnick

Van Hayden Band performing with Hawkeye Elvis

Van Hayden's Performance of Suspicious Minds with Hawkeye Elvis


Friday, October 6th, 2023

Iowa Homecoming Parade

Van Hayden performed in The University of Iowa homecoming parade. The parade kicked off at 5:45 PM in downtown Iowa City. You can watch the full parade here or else see our recap video below. Thanks to Derek (our driver), Chris, Kristy, Ren, Grace, and Dee Dee for helping to hand out stickers, rookie cards, and get the parade crowd all wound up for some great Van Halen music!!

Vanbulance driving down the street in Iowa City for the 2023 Homecoming Parade

Van Hayden's Homecoming 2023 Recap

The Golden Age, Iowa Homecoming 2023, Van Hayden Band

After the parade, we sped quickly (and safely) over to perform at the College of Engineering post-parade party. It was great making homecoming memories with fellow alumni of the College of Engineering at Iowa. Thanks, Brian Morelli, for making it happen!!


Saturday, September 30th, 2023

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans

Van Hayden performed at the 100th year of tailgating for the Raecker family. We were honored to be a part of their unique and timeless Iowa Hawkeye history. Learn more about the Raecker tailgate from the amazing story covered by local news.

KCCI News Channel 8 out of Des Moines. 100 years and counting: Iowa family has century-old tradition of going to Hawkeyes football games

KWWL News Channel 7 out of Waterloo. For Hawkeye fans, the traditions and rituals connect generations through decades and centuries

Van Hayden Band posing at the Raecker family tailgate in front of the Vanbulance before the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Van Hayden Band at the Raecker family tailgate before the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Van Hayden Band posing at the Raecker family tailgate in front of the Vanbulance before the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

We were also thrilled to pull the Vanbulance right next to Kinnick Stadium for NBC Sports to film us as we rocked out to our favorite Van Halen tunes. To top it all off, the Hawks won the game later that evening. We've said it a million times, it's great to be a Hawkeye!!

Van Hayden Band posing for a photo next to Kinnick Stadium and a Hawkeye decorated combine

Van Hayden Band posing for a photo with Hawkeye fans in front of the Vanbulance at a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Van Hayden Band performing in front of the Vanbulance at a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Alex and Eddie Van Hayden performing in front of the Vanbulance at a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Michael Van Hayden performing in front of the Vanbulance at a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Hayden Lee Roth performing in front of the Vanbulance at a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Michigan State game

Van Hayden Band Performing at a tailgate in front of their Vanbulance


Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Utah State Aggies

Van Hayden Band Performing at a tailgate in front of their Vanbulance at a tailgate for the Iowa vs. Utah State game

Van Hayden rolled into Iowa City bringing their high energy performance to tailgates all around Kinnick Stadium on September 2, 2023. This was the most anticipated tailgate event for the Iowa Hawkeyes football season and it did not disappoint. Hawkeye fans rocked out alongside the band as they played their unique twists on Van Halen classics such as Jump! (Punt!) and Panama (Iowa). The Vanbulance was rockin' and rollin' down Melrose Avenue to the cheers and adoration of Hawkeye fans.

The following were tour stops around Iowa City before the kickoff of the Utah State versus Iowa Hawkeyes football game.

Tour Stops for September 2, 2023 Utah State versus Iowa football game

The Vanbulance

The Vanbulance side view

The Vanbulance front view The Vanbulance back view

The Vanbulance was brand new when Tim Dwight, Tavian Banks, and Matt Sherman were Freshmen. Iowa was 5-5-1 that year, but at least we beat Iowa State. And the Vanbulance is old enough to remember that we didn’t have to win the game. We could just tie and pretend for a bit that we are soccer fans. Let’s not do that.

Please don't call it a food truck. College Football Enquirer, we're looking at you for that comment (fast forward to minute 37:12 of the podcast). Are the songs tasty? Yes.

All that said, it's lovingly referred to as "the Vanbulance" by the Band. Actually, it's a 1994 Ford E350 Road Rescue Ambulance that is white with a yellow stripe around it. There are beautiful vinyl stickers on the side with the Van Hayden logo provided by Impact Vinyl Graphix.

Vanbulance

She’s a heavy ride, my friends. Here are her stats:

Team:
Ford
Position:
E350 Road Rescue Ambulance
Rookie Year:
1994
Weight:
(Gross Vehicle Weight / GVW)
9000 lbs
Interior Height:
5' 8" (watch your head!!)
Body Width:
8'
Body Length:
13' 7"
Exterior Body Compartments:
6
Length:
22' 1"
Truck Height:
8' 7"
Miles:
70,800 and going on up
Engine:
7.3L IDI Diesel V8 (vrooooom!!)
Transmission:
Automatic
Miles per Gallon:
Let's not really talk about that, shall we?
Wheels:
6 (Dual Rear Wheels). Brand new!! And yes, there is a backstory there we'll tell another time.
Batteries:
Dual 12 Volts plus more to run the Band
Past Teams:
Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District Support Unit Ambulance in Illinois

Mission Statement

Enhance the Hawkeye tailgating experience through Van Halen’s music and Hayden Fry’s legacy.

Van Hayden Band Performing in front of a large crowd with their Vanbulance

Van Hayden Band Bird