Oh boy, do I have a treat for you!
Actually, the people who will appreciate the treat are mostly my fellow classmates from Taylor, but this will give others a glimpse at what life at my college was like.
I have really enjoyed having a Taylor friend, Bethany, live close by. She’s only been here for a few months and is moving to Connecticut after Thanksgiving. :-( That makes me super sad, but I know that God has a wonderful plan for her and her new husband! The other evening I was at Bethany’s apartment and she mentioned that she had the Airband tapes from 2001 and 2002.
Side note: Airband, for non-Taylor-people was a HUGE lip-syncing contest put on every year by our school. Usually a dorm wing or floor would get together and put on a performance, and in our case our entire dorm got together. Airband was always held at homecoming, so at the beginning of the year, and I thought it was such a neat way to unify the dorm and get the freshmen involved as we worked together for a common goal. 2001 and 2002 were significant years for Gerig Hall because those were the years we won! (Gerig won other years, too, but I wasn’t at Taylor then.) I had the privilege of being involved both years and even to this day my heart gets pumped just watching our performance.
So, Bethany lent me her Airband tapes and I put all the performances on YouTube so that everyone could enjoy! I hope you’re as super excited about this as I am!! (Disclaimer: The videos are poor quality, as is often with stage performance videos. The lighting in the videos washes people out so much you can hardly see them! And I was having trouble with a buzzing sound and the screen jumping in a few of them. I think it’s probably due to the natural degradation of VHS tapes.)
In 2001, my freshman year at Taylor, we did the song “Joyful Joyful”. I had so much fun doing it! I was one of the prop holders – the panel in the back in the middle. I tried SO SO hard to be one of the dancers, but I am SO not coordinated and I kept messing up. I think it was a mutual decision to be a backstage person. :-) Anyways, please enjoy our winning performance! (Oh and see if you can spot a VERY YOUNG LOOKING Beth!)
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In 2002, my sophomore year, we did the song “The Devil Is Bad”. It was very different than the previous year, and still amazing. Okay – I KNOW I was part of the Gerig group – I know I was backstage and all, but I cannot for the life of me think of what I did. I assume something with props, but I’m studying the stage and cannot see where I would have been. I know I didn’t dance and I wasn’t in the band. So if anyone remembers, please refresh my memory! :-) Enjoy our second winning performance!
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And here is a long link list of all the Airband videos I uploaded. I strongly recommend watching the 2nd and 3rd place winners – they were very well done as well!
2001 Airband Commercials
End of My Rope (2nd Center Olson)
Willy Wonka (2nd East Wengatz)
Radio Medley (2nd English)
Rhythm of the Night (2nd West Olson)
Any Man of Mine (1st West Olson)
Wash That Man (1st East Olson)
Fame (3rd English/Penthouse)
Ninja Rap (BHONE) – 3rd Place
American Woman (3rd East Olson) – 2nd Place
Joyful Joyful (Gerig Hall) – 1st Place
Joyful Joyful (Gerig Hall) – Winners Announcement and Encore!
2002 Airband Commercials
Michael Jackson Medley (2nd West Olson)
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (3rd Center Olson)
It’s Raining Men (2002 Seniors)
I Need A Hero (Swallow Robin Hall)
Different Now (2nd English)
Oh So Quiet (3rd East Olson)
Sk8er Boi (3rd West Olson)
Son of a Preacher Man (1st East Olson/3rd East Wengatz) – 3rd Place
Smurfs/Blue (1st East Wengatz) – 2nd Place
The Devil Is Bad (Gerig Hall) – 1st Place
The Devil Is Bad (Gerig Hall) – Winners Announcement and Encore!
Hope you all enjoy your little treat and walk down memory lane! And if anyone has 2003 and 2004, would you mind letting me borrow it? I’d love to see it!