This summer, Psi completed its biggest service project in recent memory. Our previous band tower stood tall for over 25 years, until decades of rust, dirty waterlogged beams, and difficult maintenance issues made us decide it was time for a change. Once enough funds were accumulated through our persistent fundraising efforts, we contracted a metal worker to design and cut the structure of a brand-spanking-new tower.
The real work began when the freshly-cut steel arrived at UCLA. The first step was to sand all the metal in preparation for painting. This was arguably one of the most labor-intensive parts of the project. Armed with nothing but a few sheets of 120 grit, brothers sanded and sanded and sanded until their arms were about to fall off, then sanded some more. Once this was completed, it was time to go over the entire surface again with fresh black paint. It was messy, and it was tiring, but at long last, the pieces of the tower were ready for assembly.
Each wooden step of the staircase, carefully hand-crafted and precisely positioned, gives the tower ascender a wondrous feeling of symmetry and mild euphoria. The handrails, an overwhelming sense of security. Each and every weld, so utterly perfect that you can’t help but smile. Our new band tower really speaks to the determination and humble serving spirit that are characteristic of each of our brothers.
Psi members living near campus for the summer break invested countless hours to assemble a safe, structurally sound, and stunning band tower. So, next time you see one, give that brother a nice, firm handshake, look the brother square in the eye, and say, “On behalf of your band director, and college bands everywhere, I give you resounding and unending gratitude.”by