About CUD

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clemson Drumline is to exhibit the core values that define CUD, to demonstrate excellence in everything we do, and to improve from rehearsal to rehearsal, game to game, year to year.


The Clemson Drumline is sponsored by Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Swagg Tagz Drum Wraps, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Yamaha Marching Percussion. We greatly value the relationships we have with all of our sponsors.

Clemson University Drumline

CUD is the premier marching percussion ensemble at Clemson University and is a section of the Clemson University Tiger Band - The Band That Shakes The Southland. Being a part of the drumline at Clemson not only teaches students how to have confidence and perform to an audience, it also teaches students the value of teamwork, provides character development, and builds leadership skills. Rich tradition, high standards, and performance excellence are trademarks of both the Clemson University Drumline and Tiger Band.


Dr. Paul Buyer

Director of Percussion

Dr. Paul Buyer is Director of Percussion, Director of Music, and Professor of Music at Clemson University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University.

Dr. Buyer is author of Working Toward Excellence: 8 values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life, published by Morgan James Publishing and Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best, published by Meredith Music Publications. He is also a contributing author to the second edition of Teaching Percussion by Gary Cook, and his articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, and Percussive Notes.

Dr. Buyer is a former member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and placed 2nd in DCI Keyboard Individuals in 1990. In 1992, he was a percussion staff member with the Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps. Dr. Buyer serves as a clinician/endorser for Vic-Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion and is a consultant for Mike Balter Mallets. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society's Education and Marching Committees, the PAS Board of Advisors, and is Career Development Editor for Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Tyler Stoneman

2018 Section Leader

Tyler Stoneman is the section leader of the 2018 Clemson University Drumline. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but has lived in Powdersville, South Carolina since he was five years old. Tyler is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Public Health Sciences and a minor in Biology as he plans to attend medical school upon graduation in 2019.

This is Tyler’s fourth year with CUD and his second year as section leader. In 2016, Tyler was the social media director for CUD, publishing pictures, videos, and member spotlights from our championship season. He is a member of the Clemson University Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble. Tyler was also a member of the former PIW Finalist indoor ensemble Palmetto Percussion in 2016. has taught the T. L. Hanna Drumline for a total of 3 seasons and plans to continue teaching this coming year.

On his own time, Tyler enjoys teaching private drum lessons, getting down on the dance floor, watching surgery videos, and obsessing over his favorite comedian and actor, Will Ferrell.

Mr. Lance Curry

Drumline Instructor

Mr. Lance Curry is the instructor for the Clemson University Drumline. He has been working with the drumline in different capacities since 2010.

Lance received his B.A. in Secondary Education - Mathematics from Clemson University and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. After graduating from Clemson he taught at nearby Easley High School for eight years. He is now employed by the Greenville County School District as an Instructional Technology Facilitator.

While at Clemson Lance was a member of the Clemson University Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Clemson University Drumline. He was also a member of the inaugral Clemson University Gigging Steel Band, playing lead and contributing to their first CD, Steelin' the Spotlight. Lance's marching experience also includes the Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and Epiphany Independent Indoor.

As an educator, Lance has taught percussion at various middle and high schools around South Carolina including D.W. Daniel High School, Summerville High School, Easley High School, Gettys Middle School, and T.L. Hanna High School. He was also on the staff of Carolina Force Indoor Percussion Ensemble and directed Trifecta Independent.

Jared Friedl

2018 Assistant Section Leader

Jared Friedl is the Assistant Section Leader for the 2018 Clemson University Drumline. He was born and raised in Wake Forest, North Carolina, but especially enjoys quiet evenings in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle. Jared is a senior Physics major with a minor in Philosophy, and hopes to pursue graduate studies in particle physics.

This is Jared’s fourth year in CUD. Jared has participated in many of Clemson’s other ensembles including concert band, steel band, gigging steel band, percussion ensemble, and jazz ensemble. He is also an active member of Clemson’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. Jared has played quads since his freshman year of high school and still manages to complain about the back pain.

Jared enjoys reading books, drumming, arranging, sleeping, eating, and having a beard. He listens to rap, jazz, funk, and electronic music almost nonstop and has a special place in his heart for Will Ferrell’s lesser known gems such as A Night at the Roxbury and Everything Must Go.