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February 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Band Day-1961

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today's photo was taken on Band Day in Death Valley in 1961. You can notice how the seats on the sides of the North Stands are lighter in color. This is in reference to the picture posted yesterday that was before the 1958 expansion of the North Stands.

In this picture, you can clearly see the differing colors of the pre-1958 expansion (from yesterday’s picture) compared to the 1958 expansion.

You can also note the IPTAY in the endzones. IPTAY has been painted in the endzones on a few occasions over the years, primarily to recognize anniversaries of IPTAY.

Band Day was obviously a big deal at Clemson in the 1960’s as noted by the thousands of performers on the field.

In 1965, Clemson’s Band Day culminated when over 1,500 performers from area high schools came to Memorial Stadium to perform at halftime.

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, a room that is still there today.

In 1962, the band traveled to Washington DC with director John H. Butler and while there, played and sang the Clemson University Alma Mater for President John F. Kennedy.

In 1964, a 100-piece Tiger Band performed during the halftime show of the Baltimore Colts and Minnesota Vikings football game; which was televised on CBS.

Recently, the Tiger Alumni Band has played at one home game each year, drawing hundreds of former Tiger Band members back to Clemson to play Tiger Rag a few more times!

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