Hartford, Conn. - Edward W. Sloan, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Emeritus, taught history at Trinity for 38 years. Nine years after his retirement, he is sharing a little more history with Trinity after winning a competition to create the College's new official fight song.
Sloan's work, "Go, Bantams, Go!," is scheduled to be produced in the upcoming year and will support Trinity sporting events. It also will be made into a ringtone, will be used in multimedia productions, and will be used for other various purposes. Sheet music is available to the public (below), and a sound file with be available upon completion of the professional recording.
"The song is catchy and contemporary, yet timeless," said Robin Sheppard, associate director of athletics and a member of the judging panel. "All of the entries were unique and of very high quality, but in the end, this piece stood out as the song that we envision the community embracing for years to come."
The competition, which was launched in January 2010, was open to any current or former member of the Trinity community, including parents. A panel of judges at Trinity narrowed down 12 competitive submissions - each assigned a fictional name - to two finalists before selecting Sloan's work. Before the final round, judges were shown the submissions and asked to select the top two musical and lyrical entries from the original pool. Once the judges had selected two final entries, the panel made suggested revisions to each composer through a moderator.
The judging panel included Sheppard; Fred Alford, dean of students; Gail Woldu, associate professor of music and department chair; Dan Roman, assistant professor of music; David Kingsley, director of sports communications; Kristen Gordon, assistant director of alumni relations; Drew Sanborn, director of publications; and Abigail Alderman '11, a student-athlete at Trinity.
Sloan is an alumnus of Yale University and has two children who graduated from Trinity - Palmer, class of 1983 and Hunter, class of 1985. He also has a grandchild, Portia, who is a senior at the College. Sloan's areas of expertise as a Trinity professor were United States history, maritime history, business history and the history of technology.
"I thank Trinity for the honor of choosing my composition," Sloan said. "It means a lot for me and my family to give something back to Trinity after all that the College has done for us for so many decades."
The song, which will be professionally recorded and debuted at a Trinity sporting event this year, is dedicated in memory of Kathleen O'Connor Boelhouwer, the former vice president for alumni relations and communications at Trinity. Boelhouwer, Class of 1985, was a musician and member of the College Concert Choir as an undergraduate, and was heavily involved in the creation of the fight song contest prior to its launching.
By coincidence, this is not the first song that Sloan has written for the Trinity community. In 1988, Sloan inked "The Blue and the Gold," which was first sung at a Board of Trustees dinner by the Trinity Pipes. Sloan says he wrote that piece "...to offer another singable song for the College."
Aside from a number of hymns and anthems that Sloan composed for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church starting around 2001, the following were all composed for, and performed and recorded by The Shoreline Community Chorale. Except where noted, Sloan wrote both music and lyrics:
"Who Has Seen the Wind," set to the poem by Christina Rossetti (2003); "Our Song to Spring" (2004); "I Welcome Each Day with a Song" (2004); and "Agnus Dei" (2005), which intersperses Latin and English lyrics. In addition, Sloan wrote "Alleluia in Cool Blue" (2006-07), a six-part a-cappella piece using jazz vocal harmonies; a concert piece, "Sing to the Hope of America" (2008-09); and more satirical and whimsical compositions entitled: "Hymn to Wine" (2009); and "A Self-Indulgent Yuppie's Love Song" (2010), for various musical organizations.
Chris Saranec ('86, M'91) was a finalist in the competition for his work entitled, "Across the Quad." Saranec earned an Honorable Mention in the competition for his distinguished work.
For more on the history of the fight song at Trinity and the competition, visit: http://blogs.trincoll.edu/gobantamsgo/.