A Year of Service in Review
After going through many challenges this year our fraternity has been able to pull together and accomplish so many great things in the area of service this year. To begin the year, we had numerous small jobs, ones that we take on every year. These jobs include helping at football games to make sure that the marching band is staffed properly to have an effective performance during saturday games. We also help 9 indiviual music professors with tasks to help improve their ensembles. Anything from staffing a concert to helping set-up/break down of ensembles, copying parts, and volunteering to play extra parts that are unable to be covered by students already in the ensemble.
While these tasks are something that we pride ourselves in a lot we always bring service to another level at Iota Phi and try to make sure we're planning as many opportunities as we can handle. Some of our bigger events this year inculded a winter solstice concert. We performed a small concert with an ensemble consisting of mostly brothers with a few fellow musicians from UNH. Brother Kurt Schweiss, #88, hosted our ensemble at his school in Derry New Hampshire. During our school break Iota Phi volunteered to staff "Double Reed Day" at UNH, which is a event that highlights double reed instruments and has guests artists and masterclasses throughout a whole day. Along with Double Reed Day our chapter volunteered to staff the "Clark Terry Jazz Festival" which is held anually at UNH. Our chapter did everything from move items for bands to being announcers for individual performance rooms and even had a brother perform with the UNH Jazz Band and it's guest artists. These two events alone took a lot of planning.
On top of doing all of these events we also perform a lot of manual service that has required the hard work of many individual brothers. Throughout the year our chapter has been renovating a closet which houses instruments used by the pep band, Marching band and concert bands. Our MC class is doing a project to construct and repair new trap tables for concert ensembles, along with a movable container to house them in. We are looking into more work on refabricating the floors of some of the lockers in the music department, building a storage device for concert cymbals, and having a instrument repair day once the pep band season is over.
We have had a lot going on this year and it has always amazed me how much our chapter is able to accomplish and that I am always greatful to have such a large chapter where everyone does their best to lend a helping hand when they can. After this year of work myself and the rest of our chapter look forward to improving the service we do now and every year and continue to plan more large service events and strive for the highest!
#160 Omega "Purple Casanova"