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Behind the music of Bryan Clock Tower

LeClair standing outside with the Bryan Hall clocktower in the background.
Thomas LeClair

On the Pullman campus, Thomas LeClair is the man behind the chimes.

While the music ringing from the Bryan Hall Clock Tower is usually a prerecorded track, sometimes it is LeClair, a veterinary medicine graduate student.

He said he usually plays the bells’ small keyboard located in the basement of the building during special university events such as commencement and winning home football games. 

But sometimes he just likes to play. For instance, LeClair decided to throw out some holiday music earlier this year during an April snowstorm.

“My favorite part is when I close the door and I come out and I can see people all looking up at the clock tower,” LeClair said. “They don’t know that it’s me who’s playing because nobody expects the player to be in the basement. They don’t even know if it’s a person.”

Learn more about the iconic WSU clock tower in the latest “Cougs Behind the Crimson” video series, produced by the social media and video production teams within University Marketing and Communications.

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