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Music Professor 'Privileged' To Play Carillon At Carol Of Lights®

Allison Hirth & Jeff Ramazani

December 1, 2017

Thomas Hughes, associate professor of music, organ and music technology, began playing the carillon in the late 1990s.

For the last 13 years, Thomas Hughes has been in the exact same spot for Carol of Lights®. Each year, he climbs the stairs to the top of the Administration Building's west tower to play the carillon. The bells can be heard at the start of the ceremony.

The event, now in its 59th year, marks the start of the holiday season with the simultaneous illumination of more than 20,000 lights strung along campus buildings. Hughes said he's honored to be a part of one of Texas Tech's most treasured traditions.

"It's a great privilege," he said. "I like the physicality of (playing) it. I like being able to hear the results of what you're doing. I look forward to it."

Carol of Lights® will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017. Hughes will begin playing the carillon at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m.

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