Clemson College Band began playing Tiger Rag in1942 after student band director Dean Ross found the sheet music in an Atlanta music store and brought it back to campus for football games. Dean was honored by Tiger Band in 2002 for the 60th Anniversary of Tiger Rag

Hugh H. McGarity became the first official director in 1947, taking over both the Clemson College Band and Glee Club

Dr. McGarity was the first paid professor of music at Clemson. He headed the band and chorus programs.

As guests of the Lions Club in 1949, Clemson College Band traveled to New York City to represent South Carolina in the Lions National Convention parade. The Band placed second and won $300.


Hugh H. McGarity 1947-1954


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