We invite you to join The 50th Anniversary of Program Bureau 1967-2017
Come hear from our banquet speaker, Phil Tuckett, and enjoy a great meal. Combined this year with the Founders Assembly and Hall of Fame while the Tabernacle is closed for renovations. Cost is $17.50 per person.
Tickets can be purchased at the DSU Alumni Office or call 435-879-4535.
The event will start at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, October 27, 2017. The Alumni Banquet, Founders Assembly and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Gardner Center Ballroom on the DSU campus.
Here are the events that will take place, their time and location:
FRIDAY, October 27th:
10:00 A.M. – Homecoming Assembly / Eccles Fine Arts Center.
11:30 A.M. – Andrew Barnum Statue dedication at the old science building.
12:00 Noon – BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Lunch at The DiFiore Center.
6:00 P.M. – Alumni Banquet – Gardner Center Ball Room (PB & Raging Red sing at the end)
8:30 P.M. – Midnight Program Bureau – DSU Band Room / Eccles Fine Arts Center. (Following the banquet)
12:00 Midnight – 5K midnight run starting in the Legend Solar Stadium.
SATURDAY, October 28th:
10:00 A.M. – Line up for parade at 9:00a.m. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. PB will have a float!
11:00 A.M. – Tailgate party at the Alumni House & Innovation Plaza (former school yard of East Elementary – free BBQ and activities)
1:00 P.M. – Homecoming game between Dixie State and Adams State from Colorado
5:30 P.M. – Dinner at the Panda Garden (212 North 500 East) R.S.V.P. to Faye Bell – firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00 P.M. – “PB’s” 50th Anniversary Celebration at the DSU Alumni House (684 East 500 South)
We will also be selling T-shirts, Dixie Program Bureau Songbooks and CD’s of Midnight PB 1977 “D” Day. Please get yours while they last…!
- Dixie Program Bureau Songbook
Songbooks can be picked-up at the DiFiore Center during homecoming or Shipping & Handling can be arranged for an additional $2.50 each.
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The Why and When of Dixie’s Program Bureau
by Roene B. DiFiore (1975)
During the year between 1940-41 (when she was a Dixie College student) and 1964 – The interim period including marriage, living in Richfield and Payson, Roene DiFiore made annual treks to Dixie College at Homecoming time, D-Day, Graduation – whenever there was a need for the rendition of the traditional Dixie Songs. Somehow, as the school grew, familiarity with the old chestnuts began to fade. Songs such as “The Spirit of Old Dixie”, “Hail all Hail to thee’, (the official school song, but pitched uncomfortably high, unless transposed, a DiFiore specialty!) and her own composition “Just for Now”, (the Dixie “Whiffenpoof”, as a matter of fact!)
Anyway, Mrs. DiFiore had been imbued with that old “Dixie Spirit”, and was always responsive of the calls made of her. So, it evolved that she should become a permanent part of the Dixie College-For these purposes: 1. To re-new and perpetuate the Dixie songs (and spirit?). 2. Create a programming service. 3. Work with the yearly musical production. 4. Teach a few music fundamentals classes.
It was planned, that first Fall Quarter of 1967, to start the Program Bureau as an extracurricular activity, drafting the students into a pool of talent, once discovered. The first group consisted of seven students in a sight singing class, plus five others who were truly “drafted” into the group. For lack of a better name, they were called the “Dixie Dozen”, and immediately embarked upon a number of programs locally and in a few schools around the area.
By Winter Quarter, it was obvious that the students needed a regular, scheduled time to meet for rehearsals – so, class time was afforded with one credit hour offered. The number increased to some forty members. It was (and is) a loosely structured class, using the rote-method, mimeographed words, or blackboard, (never music!) and a sing out approach that encouraged harmony – when possible, enthusiasm always, and encouraged the individual to display his or her specialty, in song, dance, or on an instrument. It varies from year to year, quite naturally. Basically, the total group works out the same repertoire of numbers, and with the quarterly turn-over, a year may see in excess of 150 young people in class. By this time 8-year class rolls would tally more than a thousand. It is a strenuous program, depending on “osmosis” to bring the new-comers up to date each new quarter. But, we have found the Program Bureau to have enough returning students each fall that we can launch into program-orbit immediately. It is interesting to watch old timers as they return for Homecoming of DDay. They can come to class, and immediately fall into a familiar routine with the NOW P.B.er’s.
We can provide entertainment, admittedly free and easy, un-pretentious, but wholehearted and friendly, in groups of 2 or 3, 10 or 20, or up to and over 100 participants. In 8 years, P.B. has performed between 75-100 times annually, and never twice has exactly the same group comprised the program. But, always the standard songs were included: The Dixie Medley, including “Are You From Dixie?”, “Up With Higher Education”, “Big-D”, “School Days”, Fill the World with Love”, “Sunshine Medley”, “Small World Medley”, “This is a Great Country”, and “Let There be Peace on Earth”.
P.B. is a non-restrictions group-open to all who want to belong, the only requirements being regular class attendance, dependability and integrity to commitments, enthusiasm and willingness to try group wise. We are admittedly rather’ square”, by some pseudo-cool
collage-age standard. But, I think we are also quite unique. Uniquely “Dixie”, perhaps.
Hopefully, the P.B. activity promotes friendship, loyalty to and identification with Dixie, and provides an activity of self-value and worth, fun and fellowship. Also, entertainment to those in the audiences!
Program Bureau does not wear special uniforms or costumes, hoping to present its members as individuals – (also, it’s less expensive).
There are several groups for whom we do programs, and we have done, for eight years now. That’s comforting in its long-range scope, because while we want to be minute-men when necessary, we don’t want to be the last minute-men entirely! We strive for spontaneity tho’.
These kids give generously of their time because they love the excitement of performance and an appreciative audience. There’s a fulfillment in doing something worthwhile, and besides that, they honestly like each other. There’s no caste system in the Program Bureau.
I sincerely hope they’ve proven to be a credit to Dixie College, because they are truly Dixie Spirits.