Clemson University Carillon
Description

The Clemson University Carillon is a fixture of Clemson University’s campus. The tolling of the carillon bells marks the change of season and the beginning of a new school year.

The largest musical instrument on campus, this iconic symbol started as an idea by Rembert ‘Red’ Horton (Class of 1930) and his family. With the Hortons’ donation in 1985 of the first six bronze bells — known as the Clemson University Victory Peal — a two-year fundraising and building effort began. The rest of the bells were acquired through the generosity of many other donors and 47 handcrafted bells were dedicated Oct. 18, 1987.

The Undergraduate Student Senate, along with the 2011-2012 student body, found a way to add their marks to the carillon and complete the circle of giving. As part of the annual Capital Improvement process, the Senate voted to allocate $63,000 for a 2,800-pound D#/E flat 3 bell needed to complete the instrument. A special inscription approved by the student body dons the last bell that was installed on its 25th anniversary in 2012.