Rare Breed

By UCSB Office of Public Affairs |

Rising 175 feet in the air, looking out on the ocean and mountains beyond and the campus down below, UC Santa Barbara’s Storke Tower is a familiar beacon, an iconic landmark imbued with local history and a lot of pride.

Credit some of that to Storke Tower’s singular resident: the beloved UCSB carillon, source of those stately chimes announcing the hours.

One of only five such instruments in California, it’s an elaborate implement of keys, pedals, wires, steel beams, bars and bolts. And a whole lot of bells — 61 of them — 10 tons’ worth, give or take. Mounted in every corner and on every wall at the top of the tower, the bells give the carillon its distinct sound.

Margo Halsted gives it its power.

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