Century Tower Carillon Throwback to 1979 (video)

Report on the Spring 1979 installation of the Century Tower Carillon on the campus of the University of Florida, made possible by UF Student Activity fees accumulated over several years. Some of the installation process is shown, including hoisting bells into the tower. Willis Bodine, UF Professor of Music and University Carillonneur, briefly demonstrates the method of playing a carillon. He says the role of this carillon in campus life could best be described by a Latin inscription cast into the “bourdon” bell (69” in diameter, weighing over 3½ tons) — the translation is: “Call together those who are studious of all good things both human and divine.”  Bodine is shown with Budd Udell, Chair of the Department of Music, and Joseph Sabatella, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, as they view this largest bell on the ground in front of the tower.  The completed instrument was dedicated on Monday, May 14, 1979, in two recitals given by Milford Myhre, longtime Carillonneur of the famous Bok Tower Carillon in Lake Wales, Florida.


Special thanks to the University of Florida Digital Collections at the George A Smathers Libraries for providing this footage.

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