Date: October 20, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK –Texas Tech University will dedicate the Baird Memorial Carillon at the university's Memorial Circle at 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 23).

The public is invited for the dedication and a concert which will follow. Attendees should bring their own chairs.

A carillon is a musical instrument – a stationary set of tuned bells in a tower, played from a console. At Texas Tech, carillon music is performed during the summer at outdoor concerts and at the Carol of Lights each Christmas season.

Texas Tech's carillon was installed in 1973 and funded by a donation from Ruth Baird Larabee in memory of her parents. Earlier this year, it was taken down and shipped to Ohio to be refurbished; the instrument was re-installed last month with a new clavier (the console on which the carillonneur plays) and additional bells to give it a three-and-a-half octave range.

The 42 bells range in size from eight to 800 pounds. They were crafted in England, in France and in Ohio.

The carillon concert will feature George Gregory, carillonneur at Central Christian Church in San Antonio. Some of the selections were written by Horn Professor of Music Mary Jeanne van Appledorn.

A piece written by van Appledorn, "Festive Fanfare," will be performed by the Texas Tech Trumpet Choir.

Tours of the west tower of the Administration Building, where the carillon is located, will be conducted after the concert.


CONTACT: C. Roy Wilson, university carillonneur, Texas Tech University, (806) 799-7227.
Jane Ann Wilson, associate professor of music, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270, ext. 253, or e-mail