Balcony Fanfare, 1985

Over on Facebook my post about the profoundly boring Sewall Hall brought forth some commentary about our collective failure to put the various balconies on campus to good dramatic use. In fact, I can think only one example of such use, this shot with the trumpet players up on a Physics Building balcony during George Rupp’s inauguration:

I think we should have more of this kind of thing. It could really boost morale.

Bonus: Speaking of dramatics, someone else mentioned Sandy Havens doing Shakespeare on the steps of Chem Lecture Hall back in the day. He looks great in those tights! (I wrote about this a couple years ago here.)


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12 Responses to Balcony Fanfare, 1985

  1. Bob Casey says:

    I think that is Joe Buenker in the blond hair and mustache in the center of the photo. It looks like there might be others from Wiess College standing around him, but cannot be certain.

  2. Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt, Rice Institute 1956 says:

    And Sandy had NO Valhalla to encourage him.
    (The lawn mowers were kept down there.)

    The Rice Girls were animals in those days.

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt, Rice Institute 1956 says:

      “The Rice Girls were animals in those days.”
      I meant to say, “The Rice Girls were animals in those days”– both of them.

  3. Sandy Havens says:

    Sandy Havens as King Henry V “a little touch of Harry in the night.”

  4. marmer01 says:

    That performance at President Rupp’s inauguration was terrifying to keep together.

    • Caroline Hassell says:

      If that was the antiphonal performance, it was marvelous and memorable! Thanks to all who participated!

      • marmer01 says:

        Yes, it was that one. I don’t remember whether they had a conductor or a click track, but they couldn’t stay together by listening because the distances were too great. I was up there somewhere but I don’t remember what my role was. It may have been providing music stands and clothespins for the sheet music.

  5. grungy1973 says:

    Is there a person standing in the right spire, partially obscured by one of the columns?

  6. Syd Polk says:

    The trumpeters in the balcony were Shepherd School. The MOB provided processional and other music, though. I played BBb contrabass clarinet. When Louis, Louis broke out at the end, it was th only time I got to play it on that thing! Alas, the instrument I was playing died in the RMC fire.

  7. Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt, Rice Institute 1956 says:

    What was “the RMC fire”? What year?

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