Any talk of college campuses in the late 1960s typically conjures up images of student protests against the war in Vietnam and other counter-culture incidents. NC State is no exception to that, although the protests here were more subdued than those at many other universities.
But student life was about more than protest. There was also time for music and dance and all sorts of cultural experiences.
At NC State, the likes of Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed on campus during the 1967-68 school year. There was even a performance by a band called The Driving Stupid.
And, on this day in 1967, NC State students were treated to an unusual performance by two units of Queen Elizabeth II’s Brigade of Guards – the Band of the Welsh Guards and the pipes, drums and dancers of the Scots Guards, according to the Historical State archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
The program was one of several “unique” performances — “uncluttered by gimmicks or echo chambers or battery operated sitars” — provided for students by Friends of the College, according to an account in the Agromeck.
“A series of seven concerts, ranging from the Vienna Philharmonic to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to the Welsh and Scots Guards, attempts to satisfy all tastes and interests — and usually succeeds,” read the account in the Agromeck, which included the photo shown here.
There was no indication, though, as to whether students considered the Queen’s Brigade of Guards to be one of the successful performances.