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Wednesday October 27th

Abigail Pittman


Meet UNC's master bell ringer, sophomore Madi Marks

Sophomore Marching Tar Heel Madi Marks is the master bell ringer for UNC's Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower. The bells are largely mechanized. But on game days, Marks brings songs like “Hark the Sound” and “Carolina Victory" to life, using a piano keyboard to play the tower's 14 bells.  “Being able to add to that school spirit in such a unique and special way is just the best gift I could have ever received," she said.

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Being the master bell ringer means having the proverbial keys to the kingdom. It's why band director Fuchs said that a master bell ringer is "someone I can trust without reservation." Marks knows how important that trust is, which is why the bell tower doesn't have visiting hours and students don't hear TikTok songs emanating from the bells at all hours. One side effect of having bell tower keys, though, is mixing it up with other keys. "Here's the biggest flex," Marks said. "Sometimes I accidentally try to unlock my dorm room door with the bell tower key." Here, Marks poses for a photo of her keys inside the bell tower on Oct. 1, 2021.

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