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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE Fivy

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AssemblyBall Raymond Scott Tells Motives
P so nBehind His Futuristic
Plans. Continue
BY FRANCES AARONSON
With Petitions "Futuristically" inclined Raymond

Music

Positions Of Central Committee
Will Be Open To Independents
Including Eligible Freshmen
Petitioning for the annual Assem-
bly Ball is now going on in the Un-i
dergraduate Office of the League and'
will continue until 5 p.m. Friday, ac-
cording to Patricia Walpole, '41,
president of Assembly.
Central committee positions which
are open for petitioning include three
co-chairmen. They are general chair-
man, who also takes care of music
duties, assistant general chairman
in charge of merits, co-chairmen
of publicity, tickets and decorations,
finance chairman and head of tie
patrons and program committee.
First semester freshmen are eli-
gible to petition, since this is large-
ly a second semester project, but they
must be certain that they "will be
eligible to work after marks are an-
nounced. Anyone may petition for
interviewing, even though she doesn't
want a central committee position,
but this is not necessary. However,
all persons who expect to work on
a committee must petition at this
time.
Miss Walpole has stressed the ad-
visability of each applicant! writing
clearly any ideas or plans she may
have on the petition blank, since this
is one of the main ways that the As-
sembly interviewing board has of se-
lecting chairmen. "And we want the
best committee possible this year,"
Miss Walpole added.
Interviewing will take place Jan.
22, 23, and 24 or Wednesday, Thurs-
day and Friday of next week. Those
officiating at the interviews are the
four officers of Assembly and the
presidents of the four groups making
up) the independents organization.
These four groups are the League
Houses, Dormitories, Ann Arbor In-
dependents and Beta Kappa Rho.

Scott, whose art ranges from trans-
lating the noises of a 1939 electric
generating plant into a dance theme,
to weaving Debussy-like structure in-
to a modern tune, makes no bones
about the fact that his original song
titles are considered "screwy."
Scott takes his impressions from
ordinary things about him and trans-
lates them into the abstract of musi-
cal composition. "It may be a vase
on a pedestal, or the long hinge of
the top lid of the piano which will
attract my attention."
Recreates Youthful Scene
"In Powerhouse, for instance, I re-
created a boyhood impression. There
was a powerhouse in the neighbor-
hood in which I lived, and every time
I passed it I would stick my head in
the doorway for a minute, and then
walk on. The composition is my im-
pression of what I heard and saw in
that brief minute."
Title of his compositions, thinks
the J-Hop maestro, fit the'scenes im-
plied in the music. "What else could
you call 'Dinner For a Pack of Hun-
gry Cannibals?'" Scott got the idea
for this masterpiece of intensity when
dining with his brother in New York.
He was impressed by the dinner jack-
ets and decollete gowns against a
background of dinner music. He then
thought of dinner music under con-
ditions for odd people, and got to
wondering if even cannibals preferred
to listen while they munch.
)Records Air Trip Triumph
"Bumpy Weather Over Newark,"
contains impressions gleaned from
10 transcontinental air trips. Scott
noticed the weather conditions peculi-
ar to the Newark airport vicinity,
and got to work translating the
sounds and sensations that accom-
panied his landing there. The rhythm
of the piece is based on the defiiite
beat of the hostess' repeated warn-
ing: "Fasten your safety belts,
please!"
"Toy Trumpet," the catchy tune1
Scott wrote a few years ago, is the'
outcome of his search for a tuneI
that would portray a youngster's re- 1

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Engineer Ball
To Use Theme
Of Modernism
Decorations for the annual winter
Engineering Ball, which will be held
from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday in the
Union Ballroom, will conform to the
double theme of "Modernism" and
"This Present Mechanical Age."
The main decoration, located be-
hind the dance platform, is a com-
posite design of several engineering
objects. In the center is a huge
ladle pouring out molten metal,
bordered on the left by a model of a
gear and on the right by a pulley
and belt.
Below these items are a cross-
section of an engine and a girder
upon which is written the word "En"-
gineering." The entire structure was
painted in colors as well as in black
and white under the direction of Bob
Bishop, '41E, and George Weesner,
'41E.
Tickets for the dance are still avail-
able for $2.50 at the Union. They may
also be purchased from members of
the Engineering Council which is
sponsoring the Ball to help raise
money for "Open House" at the En-
gineering College in April.
The musical portionnof the dance's
program will be furnished by Everett
Hoagland and his orchestra which
has just completed an engagement
at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
Don Burke, whose voice, critics claim,
is similar to Bing Crosby's, will be
featured soloist.
- - a

RAYMOND SCOTT
action to the jazz of the elders. It
has a little of the ultra modernistics
that marks Scott's weirdly titled
efforts. When he completed the num-
ber he did not know that it would be
featured, eventually, by Shirley Tem-
ple, the famous cinema star. Darryl
Zanuck, after hearing ,Scott and his
famous Quintet play it, immediately
saw possibilities for the small star
in the tune.
When Scott shows J-Hop dancers
what his music really means, they
will understand his statement, "Call
my titles screwy if you like, but I
was never more serious in my life."
Concerts Resumed
The Union will resume its classical
record concerts from 4 to 5 p.m. to-
day and Friday in the lounge. To-
day's concert will feature Stravin-
sky's "Rites of Spring" and Schu-
bert's "Unfinished" Symphony. The
Tschaikowsky Nutcracker Suite and
the Brahms Second Symphony will
be played on Friday.

Fifth Ruthven u
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Tea Of Year w
Th
To Be Today Won
Dist
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Eight Special Groups Invited; town
Social Committee Will Assist Herr
dent
As House Mothers Officiate Mrs.
distr
Pres. and Mrs. Ruthven will open Ti
their home to students from 4 p.m. at 1C
to 6 p.m. today at the fifth in the at 1
vale
series of informal student teas held 1lald
in the president's residence during play
the school year. Mirs.
Officiating at the tea table will be Wal
Mrs. Mary C. Mitchell of Betsy Bar- M:
bour House and Mrs. Joseph E. Kal- play
lenbach of Greene House from 4 p.m. Scar
to 5 p.m.. while Mrs. Martha Went- Cont
worth of Gamma Phi Beta and Mrs. lud
Ethel B. Page of Delta Gamma will
pour for the last hour.
Eight Groups Invited
Eight campus groups have been es-
pecially invited to attend the tea:
Betsy Ba bour House, Chi Phi, Del-
ta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Greene
House, Phi Delta Theta., and Zone
V of Congress. Guests will be shown
about the house by members of the
League Social Committee.
Included among the student as-
sistants will be all members of Group
III of the committee under the chair-
manship of Louise Keatley, '42, as-
sisted by Rosebud Scott, '42. Assist-
ing in the hall from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
will be Mary Neafie, '42, while Doro-
thy Merki, '42, and Jane O'Brien,
'42, will assist the pourers, and Mer-
cedes Matthews, '42, and Jean L'-
Hommedieu, '42, will help at the tea
table.
Students To Assist
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Barbara Mc-
Laughlin, '43, will assist in the hall;
Shirley Lay, '42, and Virginia Morse,
'43, will assist the pourers, and Edith ,
Longyear, '42, and Patricia Loughead,
'42, at the tea table. Groups I and II
of the Social Committee will help in
the living room from 4 to 5 p.m. while
Groups III and IV are in the dining
room. For the remaining hour, the
duties of the two groups will be ex-
changed.
All members of the League group
are expected to be present, Miss Keat-
ley said.
Ellen Douglas' Troth
Revealed By Parents
Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Douglas of Al-
bany, N. Y. announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Ellen to Wil-
lim H. Chaffee, son of Mrs. H. S.
Chaffee of Detroit.
Miss Douglas attended the Uni-
versity for two years and was affil-
iated with Kappa Alpha Theta.

usic Clubs To Be
ests Of Faculty

amen At League
he music section of the Faculty College women like to go glamor-
pen's Club will be hostess to the ous in their more dressed up mo-
rict of Michigan Federation of ments. Proof of this is seen in the
ic Clubs today. Among the out of return of earrings with both form-
guests will be Mrs. Christian al and date wear.
mann, of Lansing, who is presi- The most attractive - and effec-
of the State Federation, and tive -- ones we have seen in a long
Frank Stoner, of Monroe, who is time were huge gold gypsy rings
rict chairmann that looked like they pierced right
here will be a district conference through~ the ear. Worn w~ith ,hort
0 a.m. at the League, a luncheon brushed back hair, these earrings
p.m. at the League and a. musi- give an enchanting pixy-ish effect.
at 2:30 p.m. The program in- Alarming but new are the Aztec
es "Sonate a Tre" by Boccierini frog earrings which come in both.
ed by Mrs. Helen Snyder, flutist, gog ans and cgeniously
Carl Gehring, pianist, and Mrs. gold and -silver, and cling tenaciously
do Johnston, violinist. to the ear-lobe. Or maybe you pre
Ls. Mischa Titiev, pianist, wiii fer more conservative gold wings.
three selections: Sonata by
latti, Corcovada by Milhoud and Mrs. Hardin van Deursen who will
tra Dance by Beethoven. To con- sing "Duo de l'oasis" and the "Final
e the program will be Mr. and Duo," from Thais by Massenet.

e 6 e t IeE W Y (E
OF THE NEW YEAR!

! Earrings Add Glamor
To FormaIl Drcs

fA MAN'S
EYE VIEW

Glenn Miller's Brother 'Herb'
Enters University Music School

Between that certain Paulette
Goddard yarn, Harmon's appearance
on campus and the Archduke Otto's
triumphant visit, we figured we had
about seen and heard everything
last week.
But that was before Friday night.
We happened to hit the Union's
"Jackpot Hop". And that's where
we saw a chap who deserves a lot
more recognition on this campus
than he's been getting.
His name's Bob Lewis. He's the
comical fellow whom you saw in
the Union Opera last month. Re-
member him? : Red-tipped nose,
swallowtail coat and the general de-
meanor of Groucho Marx.
And of all the campus comedians
we've ever seen, Lewis seems to pos-
sess more of the professional polish,
more of the natural talent. In short,
he's funny.

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By DOROTHY BRIDGES
A new swing expert hasnarrived in
Ann Arbor in the person of John
Herbert Miller, brother of the famous
trombone player, Glenn, to enter
what he calls "the best music school
in the country."
Interviewed in a popular University
milk-bar, Miller praised the School
of Music, and referred several times
to the Varsity Band, describing it as
"the most marvelous legit band I
have ever heard. I hope that while
I'm on campus I shall become better
acquainted with it."
Visited Ann Arbor Before
This isn't the first time that Miller
has been in our college city, for when
brother Glenn played at the 1939 Sen-
ior Ball, he was managing the band.
Being 'interested in song writing, he
was attracted to "I'm in Love With
A Dream" written by Charles Bowen,
'41, and Gordon Hardy, '41, and
played at the dance by Glenn.
Upon his arrival, he contacted the
men and is now working in collabor-
ation with them. They 'will submit
music for the 1942 JGP and also for
a show which will open in Detroit this
summer. Miller also hopes to play
the trumpet in one of the campus
orchestras if the opportunity arises.
He is a graduate of the Colorado
State College of Education and now
wants to continue his education here
and get his master's in music super-
vision. His real ambition is to direct
a high school band.
Naturally the subject of his broth-
er was bound to come up, and of his
own accord Miller said, "You know
Glenn is one of the most colossal
business men I have ever known. By
a business man I mean that every-
thing he says or does is about his
orchestra. Why even when he is
playing golf his conversation is per-
tinent to his band."
Brother Likes Harlem Style
He continued speaking of his bro-

ther with a hero-worship attitude
telling why he felt his music would
always have an appeal. "All arrange-
ments and any songs which he has
written are based on Harlem style.
"Perhaps this is the reason that one
of Glenn's favorite bands is Louis
Armstrong, the great exponent of the
trumpet."
When asked what he felt gave his
brother his start he said, "Air time
was the most important thing. Glenn
had his band for nearly four years
before he got a break. This break was
getting the chance to broadcast."
"What about our famous gridiron
idol?"
"Harmon, though I haven't met
him yet, has what it takes and will go

away up in radio. He'll make a suc-
cess of himself." He also mentioned
that the women of Michigan were
very gracious and perfect ladies.
Likes Family Life
As the time slipped by, Miller be-
came anxious to return home to his
wife and little girl, Kiddy Puss, a
sparkling black-eyed child of one
and a half. But before leaving, he
again impressed me with his friend-
liness and modesty.
"I tried to come without anyone's
knowing I was Glenn Miller's brother,
but our likeness is so striking that it
couldn't be done." He added, "You
see I have such a tremendous repu-
tation to live up to, it puts me right
behind the eight ball. How about
that?"

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