Today in NC State History: Music union and NC State hit sour notes

May 12, 2015
By Chris Saunders

historyIconFrom the NC State marching band to historic concerts held at Reynolds Coliseum with bands like the Rolling Stones, music has always held an important place in Wolfpack history.

But in spring of 1950, a cacophony of discord almost brought campus to a halt.

The clatter was between the college and a local musicians’ union. It seems the union had apparently prevented an orchestra¬† that was not affiliated with a local union to play at the St. Patrick’s Day dance in Frank Thompson gym earlier that year, according to The Technician.

musicnotesIt was on this day, however, 65 years ago that the college and the union joined in two-part harmony, reaching an agreement.

“The students will continue to work out their own programs; however, the local union will encourage the use of union talent,” The Technician reported. “This has been the arrangement under which the college and union have operated in the past.”

The local union also promised a union band would play a free performance at a future dance for the Interdormitory Council.

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