~ Kevin J. Davies ’10 – T1
This past weekend, I was one of the lucky alums who could make it to Cambridge for the 150th Anniversary Tour Reunion. Like many alumni who live on the east coast, I’ve returned to the Boston area a few times since commencement. But attending this reunion promised to be different from those visits, because this time I would see not just the places that defined my college years, but the people, too.
Over half of the men who went on the tour were able to return, coming from as far away as Texas and California. Together, we attended the Christmas concert and an amazing early morning repertoire sing led by Jim Marvin. The second Bernie started playing that morning, the music came straight to mind. I was amazed to hear that everything was still in tiptop shape–even Sacramento, sans sheet music.
The two hour rehearsal, much like the provided pencils, positively flew. As the day drew to a close, we clamored to sing other greatest hits from the tour: Fata Morgana from Apollo in Cambridge; the Bibel; Jerboa. Having had a taste of HGC, we wanted more.
After the sing, many of us stayed in Holden Chapel, leafing through a photo album that Bernie brought and chatting about the tour. Though not one of us could remember every bit of Blatt from the tour, where our memories had faded other men could fill in the blanks. And there were a lot of memories; the 150th Anniversary Tour lasted well over four weeks, which is longer than all four spring tours, combined.
So, it was great to spend the weekend reliving some of the highlights, singing through the rep, and renewing the bonds we formed as we went from one end of the country to another five years ago. Though I’m not sure where I’ll live next year or the year after, I’m sure that wherever I live in 2018 I’ll make the trek back to Boston once more for the 10 year–and I hope if you went on the tour, I’ll be able to see you there, too!