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.

Featured in SUCCESS Magazine’s Achiever’s Series, Dr. Buyer is a sought-after keynote speaker, clinician, and the author of Working Toward Excellence: 8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life (Morgan James Publishing), Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best (Meredith Music Publications), and co-author of The Art of Vibraphone Playing: An Essential Method for Study and Performance (Meredith Music Publications). He is a contributing author to the second edition of Teaching Percussion by Gary Cook, and his articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, Jazz Education Network, Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, and The PAS Educators’ Companion.

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 Yamaha Percussion, Vic-Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and is an Educational Artist for Balter Mallets. He serves as Co-Editorial Director for Percussive Notes, the official PAS journal.

Briana Parcell

2020 Section Leader

Briana Parcell is a Clemson University Drumline (CUD) section leader for the 2020 Tiger Band Season. A graduate of Riverside High School from Greer, SC, she joined marching band and indoor percussion her sophomore year and played marimba, xylophone, first bass, and quads. At Clemson, Briana has participated in Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Symphonic Band and has played in the CUD since her freshman year.

Briana is a junior working towards dual degrees in Genetics and Biochemistry with a Psychology minor. When she isn't studying or practicing, she enjoys napping, snacking, and watching movies or hanging out with friends. Her favorite Christmas tradition is watching Elf, a heartwarming Christmas comedy starring her favorite actor/comedian/cotton-headed-ninny-muggins, 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.

David Cherne

2020 Section Leader

David Cherne is a section leader of the 2020 Clemson University Drumline (CUD). He was born in Akron, Ohio, but moved to Fort Mill for his sophomore year of high school. David is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Digital Production Arts and plans to attend grad school to continue his studies in Digital Production Arts.

As a freshman member of the CUD, David played Bass Drum, but then moved to the quad line his sophomore year. Marching band has taken David to many places, whether it’s playing bass drum on the Great Wall of China, playing in a concert honoring fallen veterans in Normandy, France, or watching Clemson win the championship in San Francisco, California, he has many great memories that he would not have been able to make without drums! David also enjoys playing in the Clemson Steel band beating all of the bad vibes away.

David enjoys playing online games with friends, writing fantasy, practicing drum set, doodling, and procrastinating his coding projects until the day before they’re due. He listens to all kinds of music but can’t tell you the lyrics to any of them. He is always down to sit and talk with you for hours, but only if it’s about his favorite comedian/actor Will Ferrell.