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11/29/07

Holiday Tradition Set To Glow On Texas Tech's Campus

A 49-year-old holiday tradition is set to glow on Texas Tech's campus Friday. With the click of one switch, more than 25 thousand lights will light up the night sky at the Carol of Lights.  It is a night that takes hundreds of people and months of work.

Lighting up 13 buildings, a 50 foot Christmas tree and getting more than 150 musicians in tune, doesn't happen overnight.

"We've been working on this for 2 and half months and this last weekend we've spent re-lamping all the burnt out bulbs," said Texas Tech Mechanical Superintendent Kyle Cooper.

Ground crews put up the Christmas tree in mid November, while a student group adds green to the science-building wreath. Nearly a dozen student groups and departments are involved in the 49-year-old tradition.

John Hollins, Associate Professor of Choral Studies said, "It takes a good amount of work. First of all, just coordinating that many singers and then preparing the music as well for rehearsal for several weeks."

Another part of the music in the night air comes from one of the bell towers. Inside the tower is a Carillon and it is played by a handful of people.  

"Most people don't realize that when they hear music coming from this tower there is someone up there playing," Carillonneur William Balch said.

Six stories above campus in the West bell tower Balch will play the 43 bells of Tech's Carillon.

"The bells are controlled by these batons," Balch added.

Efforts by many, which every year, bring together Texas Tech and the Lubbock community for a holiday tradition.

The Carol of Lights kicks off at 6:30 Friday night with a Carillon concert. It is followed by the light procession at seven o'clock in Memorial Circle.

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