I will never forget the first time I walked into Foundation Hall-band camp, my freshman year of college. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to be sick, and as my dad and I approached this run-down building, I worried even more about band camp, and college. I walked in and as my eyes adjusted from the daylight to the indoor lights, I saw a building that clearly needed more university funding. What struck me more were the people. Self-assured older bandmembers checked in, nervous freshman stood with their parents, looking as nervous as me, friendly people with shirts emblazoned with KKΨ were pointing people like me in the right direction. I was approached by Jill, an acquaintance whom I had met through another friend. She showed me where to go, and since I would be staying at her house for the next few days, took my dad and I back to her house. I met her equally enthusiastic roommates. At the time, I never dreamed that I would someday spend more time in this building and Frasier combined than in my apartment, practicing and poring over old sheet music and Kappa Kappa Psi records. Weird what can happen in just a few years.
Well, right. This is Foundation Hall, formerly an old movie theatre, and any UNC music student can tell you about their love-hate relationship with this building. If it was a bit better maintained, maybe it might be better. I don’t know. I don’t decide what money goes where at this school. Either way, I’ll take you on a little tour of our building. You can also check out some posts I made about Foundation in my 365 Project.
Part of backstage- over the storage rooms and two small bathrooms, there is a little alcove up top. There are old set pieces, broken music stands, sousaphone cases and all sorts of weird things up here.
Today at marching band, we were recording our music for the UNC Bands CD in Foundation Hall. Afterwards, I was talking to Aubrey, and became fascinated by a single red piece of glitter on the carpet. So I pulled out my camera, and got a picture of it.
As a side note, happy birthday to my Little, Ben!
Anyone could look at this photo of Drew at the organ and know that it’s a trick of shutter speeds on the camera. What most people don’t know, however, is that Foundation is one of the creepiest buildings in Greeley. It used to be an old movie theater long ago until it was bought and converted into a concert hall by UNC. Used as a rehearsal hall for the bands and orchestras and occasionally a recital hall for various instruments and chamber ensembles, this creepy old building creaks and moans at random times and always has me looking over my shoulder when I’m alone.
The other day, some of the new Kappa kids were working on a project which involved finding and organizing the slides of pictures. I couldn’t resist this photo opportunity and went and took pictures of them. Eventually I wandered up to the stage and began taking pictures of the old organ with the one light on, and Stirling, Drew and Erin found their way into the stage as well. We started taking the “ghost pictures” and this one of Drew turned out to be one of my favorites, because of the composition and his pose.
Wait…. Is that Drew, or is it a ghost….?