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Bubs 50th brings the house down

June 11, 2013

More than 200 Tufts Beelzebubs alumni or “Bub alums” came back to the Hill over Memorial Day Weekend, bringing with them countless family and friends to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary.

The weekend kicked off on Friday, May 23, with a dinner at Michael Horwitz’s home in Chestnut Hill. Says Horwitz, A81, FG82, A16P, of welcoming so many old friends for reunion, “The opportunity to spend four days and nights with 200-plus Bub alums spanning five decades, along with their spouses, partners, and families was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Drawing Bubs from around the world, the multi-generational experience solidified the strong relationship we have with the university.”

On Friday, Bubs met up to rehearse for the concerts to come over the next couple of days, attended a workshop entitled “Bubs on Screen: An Inside Look at The Sing-Off, Glee, and Pitch Perfect,” and toured the “50 Years of Fun Through Song” Bubs history exhibition at the Aidekman Art Gallery. Dinner at Dewick capped off the first of many exciting days.

Saturday included more rehearsals, as well as a family cookout and games, pizza dinner, and the much-anticipated Traditions Concert at the Chevalier Theater in Medford. Hundreds of Bubalums and their loved ones, as well as more than 230 Tufts and local community members, attended the free event to hear old favorites sung in groups divided by decade. Says Horowitz, "'Nothing Compares', solo by Greg Binstock, A03, brought the house down for sure."

Read the full concert recap from 88.9 WERS.

On Sunday, the campus was quiet and cold with blustery winds and the threat of rain—but the sung on, convening on the library roof for a history parade of the Hill. Little Jumbos marched with kazoos and flags touting the 50th anniversary logo, as the founders of the group took alumni around to Bub hot spots like West Hall, where the name Beelzebubs was first picked in 1963, and the anniversary plaque on the President’s Lawn that literally shows how the Bubs have made their mark on the Tufts community.

Watch the Bubs sing to commemorate the plaque.

Of alumni visiting the marker, Horowitz says, “Hopefully you’ll recall a Bub or two who brightened your day during your time at Tufts.”

Bubalums also met earlier in the day at Goddard Chapel for a Remembrance Service, honoring fellow Bubs who have passed away. More workshops offered ample opportunity to share stories, ideas, and advice. The sessions included topics on life post-Bubs, the group’s evolution in music and performance, as well as looking towards the next generations.

The weekend wouldn’t have been complete without another concert, this time in Cohen, where the decade groupings were tossed aside so Bubs old and new could sing together in whichever styles they chose. Alumni closed out the reunion with a gala at the Marriott in Kendall Square.

“The Bubs would not be who they are without Tufts, and Tufts would not be Tufts without the Bubs,” says Horowitz. “The Office of Alumni Relations was incredibly supportive of our efforts to provide a first class reunion experience for our constituents, and all came away with even stronger connections to each other and to Tufts.”

Photos courtesy of Joseph Savitch.