There are many stories on how the “Wabash Cannonball” came to life at K-State, but they all point to one truth.
On Dec. 13, 1968, arsonists set fire to Nichols Hall, destroying much of the music department, including the band's instruments and most of the music. Phil Hewett, the band director at that time, had to take action to find instruments and music for the Dec. 16 basketball game against Syracuse University.
He found instruments at area schools and brought the only piece of music he had in his briefcase — the “Wabash Cannonball."
There is your piece of K-State knowledge for the day. What would we do at football games if we did’t have the Wabash?