“The Band That Shakes the Southland” is a nationally recognized, innovative organization devoted to excellence. They perform at every home football game, have a presence at every away game, and provide inspiring spirit and entertainment to the university community and beyond. Bowl games are a regular activity for the band as well...including the 2012 Orange, Chick-fil-a, Gator, Champs Sports, Music City, Sugar, and others. They have also performed at NFL games, a NASCAR race, and Bands of America. Tiger Band is the only college band in the country to be recognized every time they were eligible by CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) for presentation at national and regional conferences. Tiger Band performs in front of almost one million fans each season, as well as millions more on television, and has the best seats in the house for the “most exciting 25 seconds in college football!” And the football isn’t bad either.

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Clemson Drumline Vic Firth Implements of Choice:

Mike Jackson (SMJ)
A thick shoulder and long taper provide quick rebound and a great "ping-shot". Long reverse taper pushes more mass to the front of the stick.
L = 17" | Dia. = .740" at shoulder‚ .710" at shaft
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Tom Aungst Tenor Hybrid (STATH)
Blends the feel of a mallet with the sound of a stick. A step-down grip design‚ pronounced taper and perfect tip shape and size assists the player in getting around the drums easily while producing a great sound.
L = 15 3/4 " | Dia. = .700" at butt | .650" at shaft
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For 18" - 22" bass drums.
L = 14 1/4" | Head size = 1 1/2" x 1 3/16"
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The Clemson Tiger Band Staff:

Dr. Mark Spede – Director of Bands, Tiger Band Director

Timothy Hurlburt – Assistant Director of Bands

Dr. Paul Buyer – Director of Percussion

Tim Baynard – Head Drumline Instructor

Derek Owens – Assistant Drumline Instructor

Lance Curry – Cymbal Technician


Learn a Clemson drumline cadence!

“UBUNTU: Music for Human Beings”, by Tim Baynard
Score | S | Q | B | C
mp3 | 84 | 104 | 124

Click here to read Paul Buyer's PAS article entitled, "Ubuntu in Percussion"
A great discussion on applying the South African philosophy to your percussion program!


Find out more about the Tiger Marching Band here:

The Clemson University Drumline website

The Clemson Tiger Band website


Paul Buyer is Director of Percussion, Director of Music, and Professor of Music at Clemson University. Prior to his appointment at Clemson, Dr. Buyer served as Assistant Director of Bands at Garland High School in Garland, Texas. 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 the author of Working Toward Excellence: 8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life, published by Morgan James Publishing (2012) and Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best, published by Meredith Music Publications (2009). 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 Marching Percussion and College Pedagogy Committees and is chair of the PAS Education Committee. His website is


Dr. Mark J. Spede is Associate Professor, Director of Bands, Director of Tiger Band, and Conductor of the Symphonic Band at Clemson University. He also administrates the band program including athletic and jazz bands. He is the recipient of the Clemson University 2009 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities), and two Clemson University Board of Trustees Awards for Faculty Excellence (2008 and 2009). Mark Spede has served the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in a number of capacities. From 2004 to 2006 he served as state chair for South Carolina. He also served on the CBDNA "New Era Think Tank" in 2005, and as the chair of the "Athletic Band Task Force" from 2005 to 2009. He was just elected Vice-President of the Southern Division of CBDNA (encompassing eleven southern states), and will become President in 2013. In addition, he was recently elected president of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Band Directors Association.

Dr. Spede previously served on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Florida in Gainesville as Assistant Director of Bands. At Florida, he also taught percussion. As a freelance arranger, he has written extensively for high school and college marching bands. His wind band arrangements are published by Peer Music, Schirmer, Boosey and Hawkes, and Carl Fischer. Dr. Spede served as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony, where he also helped to produce two of their recordings. His professional performing experience includes orchestra (principal percussion in the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra), jazz (performing with such artists as Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Pete Christlieb, Dennis DiBlasio, Duffy Jackson, Dave Pell, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, and Phil Wilson), as well as at Walt Disney World. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music from Ball State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.


Tim Baynard is the Arranger and Instructor for the Clemson University Drumline. This will be his fourth season with CUD. He is also the Drumline Instructor for Mauldin High School and the Percussion Instructor for R. C. Edwards Middle School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Southern Wesleyan University.

Tim and has been playing percussion for a wide range of ensembles for the past 10 years. He has performed for many musicals, symphonies, recitals, and churches in the Southeast. He was a charter member of the South Carolina Collegiate Honors Percussion Ensemble and served as Principal Percussionist of the South Carolina Collegiate Honors Band. He has been a member of the Clemson University Percussion Ensemble, Clemson University Steel Band, Southern Wesleyan University Jazz Band, and Southern Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble where he served as the Principal Percussionist. In 2004 and 2006 Tim marched quads for Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps where he served as section leader.

As an educator Tim has taught at various middle and high schools around South Carolina and has numerous private students. In 2007 he was a founding staff member of Carolina Force Indoor Percussion Ensemble and was on staff with them through their first competitive season in 2008 where they successfully competed at WGI Championships in Dayton, OH. Presently, Tim is an active performer, educator, writer, and clinician in upstate South Carolina and is currently a student of Professor Timothy Kennedy Adams, Jr.