Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

In June 1965, the Associated Students purchased carillon bells from Schulmerich Carillons, Inc. in Pennsylvania for $12,500. The idea for the bell system started with members of the Young Farmers’ Association, who wanted the system as a memorial to Dr. Lloyd J. Meuli, the former lead instructor of agriculture. Similar to a player piano, the carillon device duplicated the sound of bells. The machine that made the bell system was housed in a closet in the Student Center, and the speakers were placed in a cupola on the Science Building (the 600 Building). Along with the carillon, a number of scrolls played such popular songs as “Moon River” and “Deck the Halls.” Different scrolls were used for special programs, and organizations could request particular tunes for events held on campus. The organ and player-piano roll are shown here along with a close-up view of the bell chimes and part of the mechanical makeup of the bell system.
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