Alumni Band Details 2014

Alumni Band 2014

Details, Details, and more Details

There are even more details after sending this out last week. The revised schedule is at the bottom.

1. Parking – Please do not call the band office to ask for parking. IPTAY controls the Brooks Center lot. Neither the band office nor CUTBA has hang tags.
2. We will be honoring Dr. Cook at halftime. Tiger Band will spell out “Clemson” and Alumni Band will spell “Bruce.” CUTBA will distribute black arm bands to marching members before half time. We ask that you wear them on the field and return them after the performance.
3. Also to honor Dr. Cook, Dr. Spede will ask the Alumni Band to join Tiger Band on the stage of the amphitheater to play the Alma Mater. Music is available for download on the Tiger Band web page.
4. Donations to CUTBA are not required but certainly encouraged. This can be done online at or by payment at registration

Barbeque Drop-in – Please drop in at any time between 6 and 9 pm at the Club Gym at Fike Recreational Center, the same location as last year. Ticket prices are $12 per person at the door, children 10 and under eat free. You may register for Alumni Band at the drop-in even if you are not eating with us. Fike is within easy walking distance from several parking lots and is convenient to Tigerama. Please enter Fike through the main doorway on the front of the building. Signs will direct you to the Club Gym.

Registration – We will have packets ready for each person who preregistered. These will include your t-shirt, halftime field pass, and game ticket if you ordered one. Be prepared to pay when you pick up your packet: participation $20 and tickets $50 each. A credit card machine will be available. Registration tables will be set up at the Barbeque on Friday night and again at the Brooks Center Lobby from 1:00 until 2:00 pm on Saturday. If you preregistered online, you may pick up a sousaphone, Bb horn, baritone, or percussion at the U-haul truck in the Brooks Center parking lot. We will not have extra instruments for walk-ons. Be prepared to leave some form of identification as a deposit. Most people use a driver’s license or a credit card. An expired student ID will not be accepted.

Rehearsal – Be in the Brooks Center Lobby at 2:00 pm for announcements. We will leave from there to go to the band practice field. Rehearsal with Tiger Band begins at 2:20 pm. Alumni Band will play Tiger Rag and form the word “Bruce” in honor of Dr. Cook. Rehearsal is scheduled to end at 3:00 pm, when we will have the dedication of the new Tiger Band Plaza at the Band Practice Field.

Concert – Tiger Band performs before each home game in the 90-Minute before Kickoff Concert at the amphitheater. As the name implies, the concert begins at 5:30 pm. Alumni Band will join Tiger Band on stage to perform the Alma Mater as a tribute to Dr. Cook. This activity is optional.

March to the Stadium – At 6:00 pm, Alumni Band will lead the parade down the hill to the Stadium. We will line up near Bracket Hall (look for old folks with instruments) and play Tiger Rag as we march down the hill. Alumni Band will turn right onto Williamson Rd. and then left onto the Avenue of Champions and go underneath the north upper deck. We will call a halt near the ticket office, execute a quick left face, and then we will be dismissed. Please move away from the road quickly as the cheerleaders and Tiger Band will be directly behind us. Go from there to your ticketed seat. Marching with Alumni Band to the stadium is optional but many say it is the best part of the day.

Instrument storage – Alumni Band will not be playing in the stands because we have grown to the point that there is not enough room in the stands for larger instruments. All sousaphones and percussion will be stored in the ticket booth at Gate 5 (closest to Fike, same as last year). If you are sitting in the lower deck, enter any gate, bring your instrument to the ticket booth at Gate 5, and then proceed to your ticketed seat. If you are sitting in the upper deck, you must enter Gate 5, quickly drop off your instrument, and exit Gate 5 to go to your ticketed seat. Do not bring family members through the gate. All persons (lower and upper deck) who store instruments should return to the ticket booth with no less than 5 minutes left on the game clock. Someone will be at the booth at all times. After halftime, return your instrument to the ticket booth and then return to your ticketed seat. At the end of the game, pick up your instrument at the ticket booth and deliver it to the instrument truck at the Brooks Center. Please be thoughtful of the folks at the truck. Each year, someone fails to return their instrument and CUTBA personnel have to search for them. Remember, those folks work hard on your behalf and they still have to return the instruments to off-campus storage before they can go home.

Seating in the stadium – Part of the Alumni Band will be seated in front of the band and part will be in the top deck just above the band. Seat assignments will be made by year of graduation, so you will be seated near the people you know. Please use your assigned seat. If you move to another seat, the person with that ticket has the right to ask you to move. You are welcome to trade tickets with anyone who is willing.

Entering the stadium – You may enter the stadium at any gate but be sure to wear your Alumni Band t-shirt. Personnel at all gates will be aware that Alumni Band members will be carrying instruments. Otherwise, they could be confiscated. Sit in your ticketed seat. The exception to the “enter any gate” rule is for people who are sitting in the upper deck and need to store a large instrument. Those folks must enter at gate 5, drop off their instrument at the ticket booth, and immediately exit gate 5 to go to their ticketed seat. The ticket scanners at gate 5 will not invalidate your upper deck ticket.

Halftime – Anyone who has stored an instrument, go to the ticket booth with about 5 minutes left on the game clock. Everyone in the Alumni Band blocks will be directed when to go to the field. Alumni sitting elsewhere should proceed to section KK (where the band sits) and go down the steps to join Alumni Band. We will enter the field orderly, perform a great show at halftime, and exit the field at section KK.

After the game – If you store an instrument in the ticket booth, pick it up before you leave and take it directly to the truck at the Brooks Center parking lot. Please do this quickly so the truck folks can finish their job and go home.

For any questions, please contact Karmen Kingsmore ( or Tom Waldrop (

Remember – Have fun.


Clemson vs. Syracuse

6:00pm-9:00pm Barbeque Drop-in and Registration – Club Gym in Fike Recreational Center

1:00 pm – Alumni Band registration Brooks Center Lobby
1:30 pm – Tiger Band rehearsal begins
2:00 pm – Alumni Band Announcements Brooks Center Lobby
2:20 pm – Alumni Band joins rehearsal
3:00 pm – Rehearsal concludes – Dedication of Tiger Band Plaza begins
5:15pm – Tiger Band Inspection
5:30 pm – 90 Minutes Before Kick-off Concert (Alumni Band in audience, will be called to stage to play Alma Mater – optional)
6:00 pm – Parade to Stadium (Tiger Band and Alumni Band(optional)).
7:00 pm – Kick-off: Beat the Syracuse!
Post-game – Return instruments to the truck at the Brooks Center, as soon as possible.