Burrowed behind Falstaff’s, on the border of North Woods, lives a worldly, retired trailer; aptly deemed the Skidmore Band Trailer. This hunk of plastic and sheet metal has offered up its insides for Skidmore bands to play around in. It’s a nobel cause, really, giving away coveted indoor space to angsty college students in their prime of creativity, musicality, and pot smoking. The trailer is a place of sanctuary for grunge reverb and piercing solos. Skidmore Unofficial met up with the Skidmore Band Trailer to learn a little more about its early life, relationships, and how students may get inside.
Read along as we uncover the mystery of the Skidmore Band Trailer:
State your name, your age, your hometown, and how you came to Skidmore.
Hi, my name is Skidmore College Band Trailer. I was born in Memphis, the year was 1952. About a decade later I picked up and moved to Detroit. After a brief stint on the west coast I set up residency on the lower east side of Manhattan for several years before moving to Seattle in the very early nineties. After some time in Camden Town, London in the mid-nineties, I roamed around the world, encouraging young musicians to turn on, tune up and drop out. In 2012, I retired to Saratoga Springs, NY.
What’s it like being shared between Skidmore bands?
I’m like the world’s most voluminous groupie.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever experienced?
Last year it got really cold and my insides froze… then exploded. So I had some serious internal bleeding which left a huge mess and out of commission for a while.
Who is the most famous person that’s been inside you?
I think an extra from that Tom Hanks movie ‘Big’.
Are you friends with Falstaff’s?
We are very close.
When will you open?
I am open! But locked– so you’ll need a key.
How can students get inside of you?
You can reserve some time with me using this site:
I can have students inside me for up to 3 hours at a time. But please, I have a lot of friends who want to hang out with me, so only sign up for one time slot per band on the weekends. After you sign up, you can get the key from campus safety.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself in the same place as now… but with a basic full backline, some recording equipment, and a door that swings open in a better way.
The Skidmore Band Trailer is an integral part of Skidmore’s music scene. Be sure to say hi next time you’re bumming cigs outside of its buddy Falstaff’s.