This committee is responsible for coordinating music/entertainment at headquarters within the class budget. They work closely with the Recreation Committee to ensure that interests of all age groups are considered and that there are back-up plans (indoor games, alternative entertainment, etc.) in case of rain.
DJs have been used with success by many classes—volume is easily controlled, set-up is nominal, musical selection is varied and the show can move inside if necessary.
Live bands are good, too, but space demands are greater and the noise level often higher. Amherst does not provide pianos or sound equipment for bands. If you wish to rent a piano or other AV equipment, contact a local vendor.
Note: Amherst College is in the middle of a residential area and neighbors are not always tolerant of loud music at night. The town of Amherst enforces its bylaw addressing noise (see text below) and loud parties have frequently been shut down, so you should take this into consideration when you plan your entertainment.
Unlawful Noises Prohibited:
The playing of any radio, phonograph, television set, amplified or musical instruments, loudspeakers, tape recorder or other electronic sound-producing devices, in such a manner or with volume at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the reasonable quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any dwelling, hotel, hospital or other type of residence, or in any office or of any person in the vicinity.
—Town of Amherst Bylaws
Although there are several first-rate student a cappella groups at the College, they are not necessarily available to perform during Reunion. We can provide you with names of the business managers of all the groups and can help with determining who will be on campus during Reunion.
Expenses incurred for DJs, bands, musical equipment rental, a cappella groups and any other general entertainment are the responsibility of the class and should be included in your class budget.