The fifth annual Bison Sound event was held on the Smith and Vedder Quad from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 13. Bison Sound is an annual arts and music festival that engages the community in creative activities, games, and student musical performances. The event had a festival-like feel as hundreds of students attended throughout the day and laid out on the lawn to enjoy music performed by their peers.
Student musical groups and performers such as Mansa K, Amp Soul, Holden Miller, De La, Claire & Marie-Claire, and B R E D all took the stage at Bison Sound.
“I really liked how the event felt like a huge music festival between the different performances, the many games and activities that were offered and the great food. Overall, I thought the event was a great way to bring the community together” Rachel Milio ’22 said.
Many activities were offered at Bison Sound such as creating unique tie-dye t-shirts and bandannas, playing with giant bubbles, and participating in various lawn games like cornhole.
Additionally, there were free giveaways for bucket hats, blankets, phone wallets, t-shirts, beach balls, and frisbees with the Bison Sound logo on them. There were also photo opportunities with banners made by students running the event.
The Flying Bison Food Truck made an appearance at Bison Sound, drawing in a huge crowd with free churros, popcorn, boneless wings, soft pretzels, and cotton candy. The food menu changed every hour, offering students various snacks throughout the event. For students 21 and over, the event provided a Beer Garden where drinks were free of charge.
“I thought that the Bison Sound event was such a fun and unique opportunity for students to express their creativity, whether it is through designing a t-shirt or performing a song on stage. I love the fact that the students are so involved in promoting the arts and engaging the community in creative activities,” Charlotte Simon ’22 said.
Bison Sound took place during the Admitted Student Open House, and so many prospective students were able to stop by the event to experience a small part of the University’s culture, seeing an example of one of the many student-run events that occur during the school year. Bison Sound helped to showcase school and student spirit and the involvement of students in the campus community.
“I am so glad that I attended the event and I cannot wait to go again next year!” Milio said.