By Carrie Appel, BX
Joint Alumni Reunion (JAR) -- a biannual opportunity for our fraternity and sorority alumni to reconnect and socialize -- had a bit of a makeover this year! As you may remember, this event is normally a barbecue on UCLA’s campus which coincides with the weekend of Band Alumni Reunion at the Rose Bowl. In a time where many people are feeling isolated by the ongoing pandemic, we coordinated a Zoom reunion that aimed to capture the same kind of spirit. Virtual JAR, which took place this November, would not have been possible without the help of Tau Beta Sigma’s Secretary of History/Alumni, Victoria Sanchez, and both organizations’ incredible alumni committees!
The majority of the reunion consisted of Zoom breakout rooms, with conversation starters and fun games for small group interaction. Breakout rooms were organized into familiar groups, putting people with their sections, with their Psi families, and with those that graduated in the same era as them. I personally had so much fun seeing everyone’s faces, and meeting many of you that I hadn’t interacted with yet! PsiEK alumni of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences gave touching speeches throughout the event as well. You shared powerful stories of your time in band, and led us by the hand down memory lane. It was an opportunity to smile, laugh, and reminisce together.
Not that I want to or even can speak for everyone, but Virtual Joint Alumni Reunion was such a special day to be a part of, particularly in the monotony of quarantine. The event was built on a foundation of much-needed connection, and reconnection -- and I hope those of you in attendance found value in that as well. Thank you to all of you who made Virtual JAR so wonderful; safety permitting, I look forward to seeing you all at the next in-person BAR and JAR!