The Bison Chips ranging from the Class of 1974 to the Class of 2018 took center stage at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts for the Bison Chips 40th Reunion Concert on Nov. 1.
After one of the founding members, Ray Birks ’75, spoke briefly about the Chips and what it means to be a Bison Chip, all 60 past and present Chips came on stage and began the performance with a group song, “Brothers Sing On.”
Although they kicked off the night as a unit, the groups then split up and performed in chronological order by class year, each performing two or three songs. The original Chips took center stage first, performing arrangements of “It’s You” as well as a mash up of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” Later, past Chips made sure to keep the crowd entertained with a performance of Family Guy’s “Pop Tart Song” which included an alum throwing Pop Tarts into the audience.
Some of the pieces performed early on seemed to be songs that were passed on from generation to generation. The class of 1989 sang “Up the Ladder to the Roof,” a piece that Tom Kroszner ’16 currently performs.
“We were all singing and humming along,” current Bison Chip Sam Cohen ’17 said. “We couldn’t help it when some of the groups started singing songs we still perform.”
The first half of the performances drew to a close, and the rest of the Chips rejoined the others for another group song, “Chordbusters’ March.” Such served as a transition into the more recent classes, and groups from the past two decades performed their own sets. Highlights of the second half of performances included a performance of The Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a solo featuring Thom Hyde singing “All These Things That I’ve Done,” and a rendition of Looking Glass’ “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).”
Familiar faces from the Class of 2014 took the spotlight next. The crowd went wild as last year’s leader, Justin Honigstein ’14, eased into crowd favorite “Otherside” before Michael Strauss ’14 performed his signature rendition of “Runaround Sue.”
The current Chips were the last group to perform. Their set included a debut of a new arrangement, as Brendan Trybus ’18 performed Disclosure’s “Latch.” Today’s Chips performed several other songs before the alums rejoined them on stage. All 60 reconvened to close out the performance with their signature closing songs: “Coney Island Baby,” the Bucknell’s Alma Mater, and “Irish Blessing.”
Dannah Strauss ’17 was glad to see her Chip alum brother and present Chip friends perform.
“It was really nice to see all of the Chips singing songs that date back to the original group,” Strauss said. “The bond between all the ages was so fun to watch and hearing the songs change over the decade was great.”