Jana Birchum

Most Dedicated Carillonneur

Tom Anderson

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:50pm, 10 minutes of wonderful melodies drift from the University of Texas Tower Bells enchanting everyone within earshot. Most people don't realize there is a man behind the music -- Tom Anderson, UT carilloneur extraordinaire! In addition to a huge repertoire, he also takes requests, the most frequent of these being "Happy Birthday." Tom first played the bells when he was a student at UT, 1952-56. He was invited back in 1967 and has been playing the UT Knicker Carillon ever since. Bringing others joy through his music is a pleasure for this dedicated musician, and he says, "I will [play] until I can't climb the stairs." Let's hope this is still many years down the road.


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