Saturday, December 25, 2010

600 Miles on Christmas Day!

Bill Ballenger has just cross MILE SIX HUNDRED in the run to Save the Holtkamp Pipe Organ. What a fantastic gift for all who care about the pipe organ, the music of the Holtkamp pipe organ, and the mission of the TTU School of Music. Downhill slope now!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Bill Ballenger just passed MILE 500, the Halfway Point! He says:
"Big moment today! Just completed my 500th mile in my quest to SAVE THE HOLTKAMP PIPE ORGAN. Halfway to 1,000 miles by April 1, 2011. Would like to say it is all downhill from here, but I live in Lubbock!"
Way to go, Bill!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mile 400, Fox 34 News, and the GOIN BAND!

Fox 34 News story on Mile 400 milestone...complete with Goin' Band!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Join Bill & the GOIN' BAND FROM RAIDERLAND Tues Nov 16 for a CAMPUS RUN!


“Save the Holtkamp Pipe Organ Day”
Texas Tech University School of Music and Campus

Co-runners are welcome!!!

Schedule of Events:

12:35 pm: Official Proclamation by CVPA Dean Carol Edwards on the front steps of the Music Building

12:37 pm: Goin’ Band Fanfare and Run Start

Co-runners are welcome!!! If you would like to join Director Ballenger in this run around the campus, meet in the SOM lobby NO LATER than 12:30 pm and WEAR YOUR “SEE BILL RUN” T-SHIRT!!

See Bill Run T-Shirts ($10 each) available in SOM Room 101.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Long Run continues; Bill welcomes Running Buddies on Sat Oct 30!

The Long Run(s) continues, in the quest to save the Holtkamp.

Bill had such a great response last weekend to his request for running buddies (Thank you Dr Mark Morton! Thank you Dr Mei-Fang Lin! Thank you Dr Michael Berry! Thank you Dr Sigurd Ogaard!) that he is REPEATING this epic journey. He WELCOMES running partners, for all or part of a day's route.

Saturday Oct 30 is the day; see below:

Time for another long run; join me if you wish
Departure is 6:30 a.m. from my front porch:
4019 75th St start.
East to University
North to 19th St
West to Flint
South to 50th
West to Memphis
South to 63rd
Wiggle through neighborhoods to Quaker
South to 76th and then home.

Here's a Google Map:

Wear your See Bill Run shirt (, and see you there!

Breakfast at 9:45 a.m. Runners, spouses, friends, and colleagues welcome to attend! LOCATION: Rain CafĂ© – 2708 50th St. (just West of Boston, north side of street).

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oct 23: Google Map of the "long" route

Here's the route

URGENT: Bill needs running buddies!

Folks: the rubber is hitting the road, so to speak, in the quest to save the H0ltkamp. Several people have inquired of Bill whether he would welcome the occasional running partner, for all or part of a day's route, and the answer is an emphatic YES! Saturday Oct 23 is the day; see below:
Planning a longer run Saturday morning. 11 or 12 miles. Starting at 6:30 a.m. if all goes well. Runners who care to join in for part or all - intended path:
  • 4019 75th St start.
  • East to University.
  • North on University to 19th.
  • West on 19th to Flint.
  • South on Flint to 50th.
  • West on 50th to Memphis.
  • South on Memphis to 64th St.
  • West thru neighborhood to Quaker.
  • Quaker to home.
Wear your See Bill Run shirt, and see you there!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Great leap forward!

[from Bill]

All - I am pleased to tell you that today we received a truly substantial gift toward the Holtkamp Organ campaign. This gift, coupled with the many outright gifts and unofficial pledges received to date, our total is over $62,000. This is a GREAT beginning!

I say "unofficial pledges" because our next step will be to gradually contact all individuals who have made a pledge and ask them to complete the "official" Institutional Advancement form. Once this is completed, then the pledges "officially count" toward our campaign (recognized by the Institution). We will notify all who have completed our "in house" pledge form with additional details. We shall do all we can to make this easy and painless.

In addition, we have some wonderful people in this University working for this cause. Thanks to Dr. Bess Haley in Institutional Advancement, and thanks to Micah Blake (our CVPA Development Officer), we were pointed to another Foundation with an apparent interest in helping us with our project. Micah and Dr. Haley really made our proposal shine. Our Holtkamp Refurbishment proposal will be submitted for consideration before the November 16 deadline.

We have only begun the campaign! We will need your assistance, pledges, and encouragement all the way to the end (and so will I by the way!) T shirts are on order and will be on sale starting tomorrow! Shirts are $10. Think about it. Every purchased shirt is equal to two days of running (10 miles) at $1 per mile! Wear them proudly. They are loud and genuine attention-getters! I will wear mine to work on Friday.

In the works: radio; TV; student organization assistance; appearances at functions/events around town; and much more.

As of this writing ... 215 miles completed. Only 785 to go by April 1. That is 21.5% of my running goal. $62,000 is 35% of our $175,000 goal! As you can see, we ALL have more to do.

My sincere thanks to all who have assisted in this project. Remember to check out the blog, the twitter account, facebook, and RunKeeper.

I believe we can make our goal!!



Delighted to report that we now can offer T-Shirts as an additional way to support The Run! Buy them, wear them, give them as gifts--and most importantly, tell your friends!

Handy printable order form below (click on the form to see and print the full-size image):

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

W TX Runners Club!

Article on "Run Bill Run" in the newsletter of the West Texas Runners Club--no direct link, but we thank them for the mention!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


"Run Bill Run" T-shirts are in! Contact Janeen Gilliam (janeen dot gilliam at ttu dot edu)to get yer own and help the Cause!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"No Ordinary Run"

[guest post from Chris Smith]

Cover story in today's TTU student paper (Daily Toreador): check it out!

Best quote:
"I am not a speed person. I am persistent. [But] I finally finish."

So he is running 1,000 miles. Can you spare a dollar, or a dime, per mile, to help Bill reach his goal?

And please pass the word!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Help a brother out! (Chris Smith guest post)

[Chris Smith here, posting to ask your help on Bill's behalf]

Friends: slowly but surely people are getting aboard the Holtkamp express. But Bill needs your help! Encouraging messages especially welcome: here, to Facebook, to his ttu account, to the Twitter feed (, anywhere you can post. He's putting in the miles, but we can ALL help with his motivation.

Thank you!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Now Twitter! and Runkeeper!

Dear friends:

The run continues strong--right on track for April 1 2011 (is it mere coincidence that I'm supposed to finish on April Fool's Day?!?).

You can now follow progress on Twitter (hashtag #SaveTheHoltkamp), which feed is also updated in real time, at the top of this blog. And you can track my daily mileage via Runkeeper; check it out!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

See Bill run! Run, Bill, run!

See Bill run! Run, Bill, run!

TTU School of Music Director William Ballenger is running 1000 miles between Sept 1 2010 and April 1 2011, raising matching funds to renovate the Texas Tech University Holtkamp Organ!

We need your pledge TODAY!

The Texas Tech University School of Music is seeking gifts and donations for the purpose of raising $350,000 to renovate the Holtkamp Pipe Organ located in Hemmle Recital Hall.

Thanks to a very generous challenge grant from The CH Foundation, we are halfway there! We must raise at least $175,000 to achieve our challenge grant goal — deadline
April 1, 2011.

How Can You Help?

To make a donation or financial pledge you may:
• Visit
• Contact the TTU School of Music at 806-742-2295
• Print and complete the form below and mail it to the School of Music (MS2033, Texas Tech University, 79409-2033; attn: Janeen Gilliam)

Why This Organ Needs Renovating

The organ in Hemmle Recital Hall is the only performance pipe organ at Texas Tech University. The instrument was installed when the Recital Hall was built. American organ builder Walter Holtkamp originally built the instrument for a recital hall at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. This grand instrument was then acquired by Texas Tech University through a generous gift from Tommye A. Moss of Odessa, Texas, and it has served the music community very well for more than 33 years.

Today, the Holtkamp pipe organ is in need of serious renovation, rebuilding, and an expansion of its capabilities to provide a more substantial bass and a wider dynamic palette. Major issues have arisen — at risk of rendering the instrument completely unplayable. The Holtkamp organ has been without a complete overhaul since its installation and dedication in February of 1977.

Excellence in a School of Music is in a large part dependent upon its ability to maintain the finest in essential musical instruments. The Holtkamp pipe organ is exactly that kind of instrument.

Follow Bill’s progress at:, and at his Twitter feed, Facebook group, and Youtube channel.

But Bill is not running alone! We need your help! Please consider making a donation: print the following form, fill out, and send (with a check!) to the address specified.

And please pass the word!


Yes! I would like to help renovate the Holtkamp Pipe Organ!
o Mr. o Mrs. o Ms. o Dr. o Business/Organization _______________________________________________

First Name _____________________________________MI __________ Last Name ______________________________________

Address _____________________________________________
City ________________________ State______ Zip_____________

Phone __________________________________ Email

o Check Enclosed (Please make checks payable to: Texas Tech Foundation)
o Visa o MasterCard Card Number ______________________________________________________________________
Exp. Date __________________ Signature _______________________________________________________________________
o $0.10/mile = $100 o $0.25/mile = $250 o $0.50/mile = $500 o $0.75/mile = $750
o $1.00/mile = $1,000 o $5.00/mile = $5,000 o $10.00/mile = $10,000 o $_________ /mile

SINGLE DONATION TO THE SAVE THE ORGAN FUND: $______________________Box 42033
Lubbock, Texas 79409-2033
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
Lubbock, TX
Permit #719
School of Music
The Texas Tech University