Did you know that we have an old bass drum hiding in the Special Collections Vault?
This drum (as you can probably figure out) was used by the marching band, when West Chester University was West Chester State Teacher's College (1927-1960).
When the marching band started there were only 50 members, as compared to the 300 members of the current ensemble. Although the marching band wasn't founded until the 1930's there were still plenty of musical ensembles before then. For example, below is a picture of a drum, similar to the one located in Special Collections, that was used by the student band at the West Chester State Normal School (1871-1927).
The postcard to the left is part of a collection of post cards that you can find online in our digital collections. To access the other collections at WCU go to the FHG Library website scroll down, and click on Digital Collections.
Of course, the drum isn't the only item we have about the music program here at West Chester University. We also have student handbooks and faculty profile books dating back to the 1970's, and programs from concerts, operas, and recitals dating all the way back to the 1800's!
Also, did you know that there's a music library at West Chester University? If you are on campus take a walk over to the Swope Music Building, walk in the main doors and turn right, you can't miss it! In the library you can find all kinds of sound and video recordings, and full scores of music.