By Chris Granger, Class of 1966
In the summer of 2009, I became involved with fellow Fredonia alumni and friends to bring the Theodore Frazeur Percussion Scholarship to full endowment. In the process, I worked with the Fredonia College Foundation and communicated with many alumni that had been under the direction of Theodore Frazeur, the now-retired founder of the School of Music's percussion program. Those communications provided me with the opportunity to reflect on my own experiences at Fredonia and assess how the time I spent there affected so many aspects of my adult life.
First and foremost were my interactions with Ted. In addition to his instruction in percussion, he also taught key curriculum courses such as Music History. What Ted Frazeur provided was a foundation for excellence. That foundation comprised four simple, yet important, facets: pursuit of excellence, preparation, execution and knowledge sharing. As my career migrated away from music to my current discipline, I found those four elements fundamental to my success.
I could end this story right here, having provided ample reason for my joining the Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society. Yet there is so much more to my "Fredonia Story." Consider this for a moment:
"We are living in a civilization where knowledge, technical information, and mechanical facts and problems are increasing at an alarming rate. Consequently, it is a must for everyone to acquire a maximum of knowledge, ‘know how' and skill to combat and synchronize himself with the developing and evolving environment."
- Dr. Harry A. King
You may be surprised to learn that this quote appeared in the 1966 Fredonian; it provided a stern demand at the time and Fredonia was up to the task. In addition to the music curriculum, I acquired a solid understanding of science and history and an enduring love of literature, art and (as a surprise) mathematics; all of those fulfilling the challenge presented by Dr. King. When my career took a dramatically different path than I expected, it seemed as if Dr. King's prophetic quote had silently guided me. It was the very foundation provided at Fredonia that facilitated my adaptation to a completely new field of endeavor.
Blending Old and New
In Fall 2006, I returned to visit Fredonia after a long absence. While the physical aspects of the campus had changed dramatically, I was pleased with how the ‘old' had been preserved and blended with the ‘new,' and that the close and intimate aspect of the campus had been maintained.
In 2009, I realized that the Dallas K. Beal Legacy Society offers an excellent opportunity to continue my own Fredonia Story. Working with the Fredonia College Foundation, I created the Christian Granger, '66 Graduate Percussion Award, designed to support percussion majors pursuing an advanced degree. Adding the Fredonia College Foundation to my will with provisions for added support for this award will assure funding of this endowment fund at a level I may not be able to accomplish during my lifetime. In this way, I can continue to support the Fredonia Story — now, and in the future.
I looked forward to attending Homecoming Weekend this fall and meeting the first recipient of the Granger, '66 Graduate Percussion Scholarship.
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