Switchfoot Headlines Centennial Concert in Bardo Gym
Switchfoot, a 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, continued its month-old winter tour with a Thursday gig at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Marking the college’s yearlong centennial – and the recent release of its “Fading West” album – the quintet was joined by the Kopecky Family Band for a performance in the college’s Bardo Gymnasium. “It was a great way to celebrate the college’s centennial,” said Sara Hillis Ousby, associate director of student activities. “Concerts are one of the events I regularly hear from students that they wish we did regularly. Hopefully, this is the start of a new Penn College tradition.”
– Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer
Students gain access to Grammy winners during a “meet and greet” event.
Switchfoot entertains gymnasium audience.
Anticipation mounts during the late-afternoon queue.
Attendees crowd the Bardo floor for one of the college’s first major concerts in years.
Settling in for the show
A visual shout-out to the tech crew, whose lighting design enhanced the performance
Checking out the band’s wares at the “merch” table
Million-selling musicians please the crowd.
Rockers gather for an evening’s entertainment.
The Kopecky Family Band opens the show.
A centennial success
T-shirts commemorate the featured act’s fledgling “Fading West” tour.
The Kopecky Family Band offers a prelude …
… serving up its unique Nashville sound.
In “Event Staff” attire, members of the campus community keep everything running smoothly.
Free student tickets add to the celebratory air.
An artful tech crew plies its craft.
Capturing a memory
A dash of horns spices the Kopeckys’ indie-pop intro.
Taking home a few souvenirs
Crimson theatrics drench the house.
Satisfaction, by the numbers
Visible at right, the evening’s guiding light (Sara Hillis Ousby, associate director of student activities) facilitates fans’ enjoyment.
Dining Services’ Jason K. Eisensehr and Rick D. Wyland accent the show’s energy with snacky sustenance.
“Meet and greet” gives more students access to be envied.
Posters advertise the opening act.
Testing the calm preshow waters …
… the crew makes sure all is in order.
Excited about the show, students ascend the gym’s stairway.
Colorful stage lights bathe the Kopecky Family Band.
Tour trappings, by the crateful
Jason K. Eisensehr, a Dining Services manager, and Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of Student Activities for programming and Greek life, staff a Bardo hallway.
2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology.
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