Clemson University hosted an annual "Band Day" that, in 1965, drew
1500 collegiate and high school musicians to perform at halftime
in Memorial Stadium.
Twirlers were added to Tiger Band by 1961.
In 1961, Tiger Band was excited to receive a permanent home for the
Department of Bands, consisting of a practice room, sound-proof
private rooms, offices, storage and a library. This was located
in the basement of Johnstone Hall and the room is still there
In 1962, the band traveled to Washington DC with director John H.
Butler and while there, sang the Clemson University Alma Mater
for President John F. Kennedy.
"Clemson establishes the Department of Music in the College of
Liberal Arts with Dr. John H. Butler, Director of Bands and
Associate Professor of Music Education, as head of the new
academic unit." (The Tiger, July 25, 1969)
A 100-piece Tiger Band performed the halftime show of the Baltimore
Colts and MInnesota Vikings football game on Sunday, November 15,
1964; which was televised on CBS.
John H. Butler 1960 - 1965, 1968 - 1969
Bruce F. Cook 1966 - 1967, 1970, 1973 - 1981
The above picture and following text were found in the 1961 Tiger
Among many other advancements at Clemson College this
year was the establishing of permanent quarters for the
Department of Bands. After many years of being shifted around
campus, the department now has a fine series of band rooms
located in the basement of the Dormitory building (now known
as Johnstone Hall). All bands may rehearse in these rooms
without the moving of instruments and equipment from one part
of the campus to another.
The band quarters consist of a main office, where
all students are welcomed; a private office for the director;
a large rehearsal room, where all instruments and music may be
left in place; three sound-proof private practice rooms; an
instrument storage room and a uniform storage room. All these
rooms are air-conditioned and accessible from the main rehearsal
The walls have now been decorated with pictures of
bands and band personalities from the past years and are of
great interest to old band members returning to the college for
a visit. Visitors are always welcome in the band room.
The following introduction was found in the front page of the
1961 Tiger Band Yearbook:
The Department of Bands at Clemson College comprises
four bands: the TIGER BAND, the marching band composed of
approximately 100 members; the Concert Band, consisting of 45
of the better musicians of campus; and the Army and Air Force
TIGER BAND and Concert Band are totally volunteer
organizations, and no academic credit is granted for participation.
No scholarships are available. The Army and Air Force bands function
as drill units with the respective ROTC complements.
All entering freshmen, transfer students, and students
currently enrolled in the college are eligible for membership in
these bands. A simple audition is the only prerequisite. Instruments
are available to those who need them and are furnished without cost.
Freshman who wish to become members of the TIGER BAND are asked to
report to the campus a few days before registration in the fall so
that they may be auditioned and receive some training before the
balance of the band arrives. Concert Band does not begin rehearsals
until after marching season is over.
The office of the Department of Bands is administered by
director of bands John L. Butler, under the Division of Student
Affairs. He rehearses and directs all four bands. Interested high
school seniors and transfer students should write the Department of
Bands for additional information.
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