Carillon | Campanile 100


(bells) – I remember when I was 20 years old, I came up to this tower and up onto this belfry where we are now, and I heard the bells for the first time. And I remember looking out and saying, “You know, this would
have to be the coolest job “in the world”. Many decades later, here I am. (laughs) So for me, this is like a perfect match. I’m Jeff Davis. I’m the University Carillonist at The University of California, Berkeley. When you push the key down, it pulls a wire down, and that wire is connected to a crank which is attached to a roller bar that has a wire that goes
up to the clapper on a bell. So very simply, that’s how it works. Originally, there were only 12 bells, which is a chime, and the Class of 1928, when they had their 50th year reunion, decided at that point, they would give the University a carillon instead of just a few extra bells. A 48 bell carillon was installed. Two members of the Class of
’28 were reading an article, and the article said, “Well, Berkeley should
have a grand carillon, “not just a concert carillon.” And so, the Chambers family donated funds to enlarge the carillon to
it’s current 61 bell size. (bells) If you have a carillon at a University, it’s a no-brainer. You know, I thought, “Hey, we should be teaching”. So when I came here,
I put a little sign up in the music building
that said, “Bells anyone?” It just grew and grew and grew, and now, last semester, I
had 16 private students. – The movement of the left
foot from the A to the E. Like, I think I only got it once. – Why, what’s happened? – Jeff is really an amazing teacher. The way he makes you criticize yourself, I think that’s the first time
I’ve ever had someone do that. It was nice, ’cause I was like, “Well, I did mess up here, “and like I’m really nervous right now, and that’s why I, like usually
I can play this part better”. And that was the first
time anyone has ever taught me that way, and it’s been really helpful. – All the staff, all the students, all the faculty, the visitors, everyone shares this one thing: that’s the bells. Celebrating the Centennial, it’s got everyone abuzz. I’m enjoying the sense of
community that’s evolved, and the fact that the carillon’s being brought out a little bit more in ways other than just the
daily music that we make. (uplifting music)