This year’s end of the season celebration was held in the Nittany Lion Inn on Sunday, February 8th. Blue Band students and staff attended the celebration along with various Penn State Faculty members. Penn State University President Dr. Eric Barron and his wife Molly also attended the event to celebrate the Blue Band’s historic 115th season. Penn State President Eric Barron was the Banquet’s keynote speaker, and he talked at length about the importance of the Blue Band’s longstanding tradition of excellence, and how Dr. Bundy’s Contributions to the Blue Band have made Penn State a better place.
During the Banquet, the College of Arts and Architecture Dean Barbara Korner, announced that the Blue Band Building (at the time, pending approval by the Penn State Board of Trustees) would be renamed as the “Richard Bundy Blue Band Building.” Dr. Bundy was extremely surprised and honored, and the cheers from the crowd filled the banquet hall. For more information: http://onwardstate.com/2015/02/09/blue-band-building-to-be-named-after-richard-bundy/
In addition to the announcement that included the proposal for the Blue Band Building to be renamed after Dr. Bundy, Dr. Bundy received additional awards throughout the evening as a token of appreciation for all of his service to the Blue Band and Penn State. These awards included:
A replica of the historic “Tommy Thompson” Pocket watch. This pocket watch is identical to the same pocket watch that was given to the first Director of the Blue Band, Wilfred O “Tommy” Thompson by the student members of the Blue Band in 1939.
A photo album by Annemarie Mountz, who had followed Dr. Bundy closely throughout the season to document all of the special moments that occurred throughout his last season as the Director of the Blue Band.
A $6,900 donation to the O Richard Bundy Scholarship fund.
The “Number One Jersey” Award from his Alma Mater, Beaver High School (Receiving this award is considered to be Beaver High School’s “Hall of Fame” award).
“A Legacy to Shape the Future!”
Plans for Penn State Homecoming 2015 are already in the works! We’re gearing up for an exciting weekend of performance opportunities and want you to be a part of it!
As a special benefit for active ABBA members, a block of hotel rooms has been set aside at the Super 8 Motel (1663 South Atherton Street) for Homecoming weekend (October 9-10, 2015). This block will only be available until March 24and allows members to reserve a room (first come, first served) at the standard rate for that weekend, beginning at $648.84 (double occupancy, prepaid in full, two night minimum).
Please review and return the attached form with payment information directly to Super 8 (address is on the form). Block rooms will be released after April 10, 2015, so don’t delay!
Again, do not return the hotel reservation form to the Blue Band office – mail it to the Super 8 at the address on the form!
More Homecoming details are coming soon…including volunteer opportunities. Every ABBA event depends on the involvement of our members, so we look forward to hearing from you and giving you the chance to help us make Homecoming 2015 a success!
If you have any questions about Homecoming 2015, please contact Mark Poblete, ABBA Homecoming Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raise the Song!
Penn State University Alumni Blue Band Association
Board of Directors and Homecoming Committee