Football Makes Donation To Carillon Restoration Fund

Sept. 29, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State football team has donated 100 dollars to the ASU Foundation's Carillon Restoration Fund to support the refurbishing of the instrument that has been dormant for 35 years.

Few were aware that Arizona State has a 148-bell symphonic carillon that has been unused in the stacks of Matthews Center for over three decades. It was removed from service when Matthews Center was remodeled, and has remained in storage ever since.

Today, a group of carillon lovers is working to get the carillon out of storage and back into service, but before it can be played again, the instrument will have to be renovated and modernized. The project will cost about $50,000 and the Sun Devil football team stepped forward to pledge their support. The carillon was made by Maas-Rowe, which has created carillons for the Metropolitan Opera House and UCLA, among other institutions.

For more information, call Judith Smith, ASU Public Relations, (480) 965-4821, visit the Symphonic Carillon Webpage, or e-mail jps@asu.edu for photos or a complete story of the carillon.

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