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Groups Active The School of Music of Centenary College was admitted to Provisional Membership in the National Asso- ciation of Schools of Music in 1936. The membership of that national accrediting body is made up of the leading schools of music and conservatories of the United States, and Centenary is the only college to be so recognized within a radius of m ore than two hundred miles of Shreveport. During the past year there was evidenced a demand for choral organizations at the college in addition to those of regular course work. There has been a Women ' s Chorus for many years which has won quite a name for itself through appearances at nearby towns with Kollege Kapers and numerous radio broadcasts. Unwilling to let the fair sex claim all the laurels, the boys of Rotary Dorm organized the Centenary Male Glee Club in the fall of 1937, and have developed a highly successful organization, from whose ranks the equally successful Male Quartet is chosen. Every month, the Men ' s and Women ' s Glee Clubs enjoy a get-to-gether and from these meetings the Centenary Mixed Chorus originated. Though still in its infancy, this latest addition to the music groups of Centenary is rapidly increasing in popularity and enthusiasm. The Shreveport Civic Orchestra, under the leadership of a member of the faculty of the School of Music, Lincoln Igou, numbers in its membership those students of music whose abilities in instrumental music en- able them to play symphonic music of the highest order. The Orchestra itself is not in any way connected with the College or the School of Music, but does offer a splendid opportunity for experience to those stu- dents who enjoy this type of activity. Roberta McMahon, accompanied by Mary Frances Collins, pre- pares to reach for a high note under the diiection of Mr. Ralston. The mixed choius, composed of bofh the Men ' s and Women ' s Glee Club, is a popular addition to the Music group. The Men ' s Chorus and the Women ' s Glee Club, jbeiow, vie lor singing honors since both are always much in demand.
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Music Music instruction has been offered at Centenary College for many years. Prior to 1929-1930 music courses could be elected for credit toward graduation with the degrees Bache- lor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. It was in that year that the Department of Music became the School of Music and the college began granting the degree, Bachelor of Music. At the same time it became possible for stu- dents to major in music for the de- gree Bachelor of Arts. Since that time the growth of the School of Music has been steady and at the present seven faculty members are devoting their full time to music in- struction, both theoretical and ap- plied. Instruction is offered in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, string bass, in all of the brass instruments, and in practically all of the reed instru- ments. The course in public school music has been a decidedly popular one since the addition of music to the curricula of the public schools in Louisiana. Top — Violinist Albert Martini gives instruction to two of his pupils. Center — Mr. Ralston examines a valuable old parchment manuscript found in an Irish mon- astery. The piece, which dates from the tweltth century, is a Gloria irom a Mass. Bottom — The Quartette in a playlul mood, Har- bin Boddie, Robert Crichlow, Will McKinney , Carl Strother, and accompanist, Dorothy Her-
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The Centenary Band and Maroon Jackets The Centenary The Centenary Band marched on to even greater triumphs this year, spreading reports of its fame from the Sunny South to equally Sunny California. The year started off with many innovations, six to be exact, for much to the disgust of the male members of the band, a half dozen girls were added to increase the quantity if not the quality of music produced. An accordion, two bell lyres and a xylophone were the strange in- struments that these " babes " brought with them, and they, with their bright and shining equipment, made quite a picture, though they had some difficulty keeping in step. A new arrangement of Wabash Blues was also introduced, but though an excellent piece for the swingsters of the band to shine on, it failed to replace the beloved, and by now traditional, " Sugar Blues " in the hearts of Centenary fans. The band personnel remained much the same this year, with the exception of the six girls and some fresh- men. There was, of course, Parry and his trumpet, Sammy and his clarinet, Allen and his sax, and Rosen- blath with her baton. The K.A.s as usual controlled the band, and, also as usual, a Zeta, Jo Beth Nelson, was band sweetheart. The football specials to Dallas and Ruston, which are usually the highlights of the band season, faded into insignificance, when compared with the event of this or any other year — the historic California trip. For weeks in advance the band personnel worked, planned and worried trying to make it possible, and they had the wholehearted backing of the student body to aid them, as a certain stormy session in chapel will prove. Innumerable projects were undertaken to raise funds, and the campaign proved so successful that the cheer- leaders were inspired to work and were able to accompany the band and the Maroon Jackets on the trip. The week of November 1 1 was one long, wonderful daydream for the lucky ones who made the trip and more on the order of a nightmare for the rest of the student body, who tried to pretend that they really didn ' t want to go. The weary travelers were welcomed home early Monday morning, and then for weeks protesting homebodies had to listen to long anecdotes of " what we did in California, " stare at pictures, and admire Mexican sandals and jackets until it seemed that it might have been better for all concerned if one way tickets had been purchased. Anyhow, it was the most outstanding event of an unusually successful season and Director S. D. Morehead can well afford to be proud of his band.
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