About Us

The Clemson University Tiger Band Association (CUTBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to support Tiger Band and Tiger Band Students. CUTBA’s Scholarship Endowment provides funds annually for Tiger Band Scholarships to deserving students. These scholarships are awarded by the Tiger Band Director in addition to funds from other Endowments and Awards. Throughout each year, CUTBA sponsors several activities in support of Tiger Band Students to enhance their experience while participating in Tiger Band while attending Clemson University.

Our organization is governed by an elected Board of Directors and Officers. All Board and Officer positions are voluntary.

For more information you can contact Tony Stapleton at:


Projects & Initiatives

Over the years CUTBA and CUTBA members have initiated many activities and projects in support of Tiger Band and Tiger Band Students.

The following is a partial list of those activities and projects.

  • Sponsor annual Welcome to Campus Ice Cream Social, at stadium, for Tiger Band members at end of first day of Band Camp
  • Purchase and serve breakfast to Tiger Band members prior to Noon home games
  • Provide annual Senior Service Award (Currently Tiger Band Watch)
  • Co-sponsor the annual Tiger Band Banquet
  • Sponsor and Coordinate Alumni Band Homecoming Performances
  • Publish Newsletters with Tiger Band and CUTBA Updates to Alumni, Parents, and Friends
  • Sell Tiger Band and CUTBA logo apparel and merchandise at
    1. Parents Day
    2. Ninety-Minutes-before-Kickoff Concert
    3. Homecoming
    4. Online Sales
  • Special Projects
    1. "Tiger Band Commitment"
    2. "Continue the Commitment"
    3. John H Butler & Bruce F Cook Tiger Band Plaza
    4. Electronic Communication Center
    5. Tiger Band CD Production, sales, and distribution
  • Contributions by individual CUTBA members:
    1. Established Bruce F Cook Award for the most dedicated member of Tiger Band as selected by the members of Tiger Band
    2. Beautification of the Tiger Band Practice Field and surrounding area
    3. New Tiger Band Director's Tower
    4. Naming of Tiger Band Plaza to recognize Dr. John H Butler and Dr. Bruce F Cook
    5. Established three individual endowments funding partial scholarships for select Tiger Band students
    6. Annual award/scholarship for select flag corp students
    7. Annual award/scholarship for the Tiger Band Commander

Mailing List


If you would like to know how you can support Tiger Band or additional information about Tiger Band or CUTBA, please email us with your request.

History of CUTBA

April 22

The first meeting of former Tiger Band Alumni took place at the Clemson House. The attendees were Larry Sloan ‘74, Keith Snelgrove '77, Tony Stapleton ’76, Jeff Tisdale ‘65, and Frank Johnson ‘66.

This impromptu meeting was followed up the next day with an official meeting at the Holiday Inn in Clemson to initiate this organization and to begin the structure and define the purpose of the new group.

In addition to the attendees of the previous day, it was attended by Dr. Bruce Cook, director of Tiger Band and Mr. Nick Peck, voice of Tiger Band.

Larry Sloan was chosen as the first President of CUTBA, Frank Johnson was chosen as the first Vice President, and Keith Snelgrove was chosen as the first Secretary.

November 7

The first CUTBA Newsletter was distributed. A Board of Directors was established consisting of ten CUTBA members in good standing plus one representative from Tiger Band plus other exofficio Board members (including the Director of Tiger Band) to be selected by the CUTBA Board of Directors. Initially the term of office for each Board Member was indefinite, but later the terms were changed to be three year rotating terms for active Board Members, one year for the Tiger Band representative and indefinite for the ex-officio members.

A Constitution was written followed by a set of By-Laws.


Joe Turner of the Alumni Association was instrumental in helping establish CUTBA’s goals and development during the early years. One of the first successful major projects undertaken by CUTBA was lobbying to the University administration and to IPTAY to furnish new Tiger Band uniforms.

July 5

CUTBA was first recognized by Clemson University as an official University organization in a letter from George Moore, Director of Alumni Relations to Larry Sloan.

June 30

An agreement was signed between CUTBA and Clemson University to award the “Clemson University Tiger Band Association Award” annually to the Tiger Band Commander annually on Honors and Awards Day.

This was a $200.00 cash award however it required an initial gift of $2,500.00 for the endowment of the award. At that time CUTBA only had $834.00 to donate so it was a couple more years before the award actually began.

The first partial scholarship was awarded to a Tiger Band student in 1988.


CUTBA sponsored the first Alumni Band at Homecoming. There were approximately 60 participants in the initial Alumni Band.

To date the Alumni Band has continued to thrive and grow each year.


CUTBA established the “Tiger Band Commitment” project. This was a goal to raise $2 million in two years for the scholarship endowment. This successful project actually raised approximately $2,300,000 in cash, pledges and bequeaths.


CUTBA established a “sales website” in conjunction with a host firm in Greenville, SC for the purpose of raising additional scholarship money.


CUTBA established the “Continue the Commitment” project. This project is currently ongoing.


The CUTBA Alumni Band first marched in the “First Friday Parade” which has become an annual event.

CUTBA established ten “Regions” around the southeast from Atlanta to Washington DC in order to allow more personal involvement from each CUTBA member and to continue the growth of CUTBA.

The original Regions and Regional Representatives consist of the following: Atlanta – Chuck Allen, Charleston- Ben Adams, Charlotte – Kevin Wigington, Columbia – Stephanie Stanley, Greensboro – John Smith, Greenville – Calvin Pennington, Spartanburg – Molly Schaefer, Tri-County (Anderson/Oconee/Pickens) – Allison Wells, Washington DC – Dale Walsh


CUTBA Alumni Band first performed at the annual spring football game.

CUTBA Alumni Band performed at selected Clemson basketball and baseball games.

CUTBA Alumni Band first performed in the IPTAY spring Prowl & Growl events. This has become an annual event.

CUTBA set up a sales booth at the annual Clemson Reunion. The purpose was to promote Tiger Band and to raise money for scholarships.


The John H. Butler / Bruce F. Cook Tiger Band Plaza project was announced and fundraising was initiated.


The Alumni Band celebrated its 30’th year of marching at the Homecoming halftime with a “300 for 30” campaign to march 300 Alumni Band members. In actuality, 382 Alumni Band members marched at halftime.


On May 23, construction began on phase one of the John H. Butler / Bruce F. Cook Tiger Band Plaza. It was dedicated in October.

CUTBA established the CUTBA Student Advisory Board. Its founding members consisted of: Teague Albenesius, John Bismack, Kimberly Breland, Mitchel Colebank, Megan Earnest, Mindy Earnest, Katie Ferguson, Scot Gilbert, Dakota Gray, Blake Jenkins, Jared Kleven, Stephen McAfee, Traivon McNair, Dean Millare, Michael Poda, Gregg Prange, Emily Schaub, Lowndes Taylor, and Maria Zazzara.


Two additional active board members were added to the Board of Directors making a total of 12 active board members plus one active student board member from Tiger Band. In addition, another active board member was added from the Student Advisory Board.


With help from the Alumni Association, CUTBA intiated the move to became a 501c-3, non-profit organization which will take effect on July 1, 2017. CUTBA still falls under the umbrella of the Alumni Association, but operates as a self-entity.

The CUTBA scholarship endowment surpassed $1,000,000 in cash.

The Spirit Tiger was completed as a second phase of the John H. Butler / Bruce F. Cook Tiger Band Plaza "Continue the Commitment" project.

CUTBA Officers

CUTBA Regional Representatives