About the Band

Remembering the Days

The history of the Carolina Band now spans a century, through times of prosperity and growth, and through world war and unprecedented challenge. The students, directors, staff, and supporters of the band have changed, but its spirit has endured. On Saturdays in the fall, in Columbia and across the nation, the sights and sounds of the Carolina Band have energized fans and propelled teams to victory. Day or night, sunshine, rain, or snow, whether winning or losing, the Carolina Band has been a mainstay of Gamecock pride.

We hope this chronology will serve as a reminder of your own time in the band and pique your curiosity about our heritage. If you have a correction or addition to submit, please e-mail us at carolinaalumniband@gmail.com

“Here’s a health, Carolina. Forever to thee!”

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

The history of the Carolina Band now spans a century, through times of prosperity and growth, and through world war and unprecedented challenge. The students, directors, staff, and supporters of the band have changed, but its spirit has endured. On Saturdays in the fall, in Columbia and across the nation, the sights and sounds of the Carolina Band have energized fans and propelled teams to victory. Day or night, sunshine, rain, or snow, whether winning or losing, the Carolina Band has been a mainstay of Gamecock pride.

We hope this chronology will serve as a reminder of your own time in the band and pique your curiosity about our heritage. If you have a correction or addition to submit, please e-mail us at carolinaalumniband@gmail.com

“Here’s a health, Carolina. Forever to thee!”

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

*No proof of band rehearsal area prior to 1947. The buildings listed are the buildings in which the Music Department was housed. 

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Drum Majors

  • 1920-1928: Band organized as new group. No named Drum Major.

  • 1929: Claude Dunbar

  • 1932: Plute Wimberly

  • 1940: Lanier (first name not mentioned)

  • 1942: William Berthesell

  • 1942-1946: Band continues but in unorganized fashion as WWII is ongoing.

  • 1946-1947: No Named Drum Major

  • 1948: Tommy Smeltzer

  • 1950: Olin Kearse

  • 1951: Roy Moody

  • 1955: Ralph Poulson (some reports spelled named Rolson)

  • 1956: Patricia Roberts Plott (the first female Drum Major of the Carolina Band)

  • 1957: Coel Dunlap

  • 1959: Don Clary

  • 1963: Robert “Bobby” Maxwell

  • 1966: Jim Hudson and James King (Two Drum Majors were used for the first time.)

  • 1969: Van Carpenter

  • 1973-1975: Betty Martin, Scott Babson

  • 1976-1978: David Woodard and Paula Kitchens
  • 1981-1982: Angela Wyndham, Harold Bookert, Washington Holmes

  • 1983: Ron Lordo, Sidney Gault, Don Fluell, Jodi Tollison

  • 1984: Ron Lordo, Jodi Tollison, Cynthia Hopkins, David Bryan

  • 1985: Amanda Heaitley, Cynthia Hopkins, Van Mathews, David Bryan

  • 1986: Amanda Heaitley, Cynthia Hopkins, Van Mathews, Debby (last name)

  • 1987: Amanda Atwood, Amanda Heaitley, Trey Williams, Berry Hall, Barrie Lewis

  • 1991: Lisa Keys Goldberg, Dixon Brooks, Mark Brandon, Jill Neubacher Keesey

  • 1992: Lisa Shannon, Matt McCord, Stephanie Harris Spann, Mark Brandon

  • 1993: Lisa Shannon, Matt McCord, Stephanie Harris Spann

  • 1994: Elizabeth Caldwell,  Matt McCord, Chris Jankus

  • 1995: Elizabeth Caldwell, Bradley Wingate, Chris Jankus

  • 1996: Bradley Wingate, Chris Jankus, Walter Graham

  • 1997-1998: Walter Graham, Delandis McClam, Jennifer Pike

  • 1999: Delandis McClam, Jennifer Pike, Jennifer Sadler

  • 2001: Amanda Miller, Jennifer Sadler, Cory Thompson

  • 2002: Kenneth Moton, Joey Young

  • 2003: Kenneth Moton, Quintus Wrighten, Alicia Crutchlow

  • 2004: Quintus Wrighten, Alicia Crutchlow, Kaci Cotter, Sarah Thompson

  • 2005: Kaci Henderson, Sarah Thompson, Cole Davis, Paul Clayton

  • 2006:  Kaci Henderson, Sarah Thompson, Paul Clayton, Nicholas Annan

  • 2007:  Jeff Barnhill, David Carter, Thomas Richardson, Thomas Cotter

  • 2008:  Jeff Barnhill, Greg Abraham, Kellye Natella

  • 2009: Greg Abraham, Tucker Barrett, Kellye Natella

  • 2010: Tucker Barrett, Andrew “Dizzy” Gillespie, Betsy Meyers, Trevor Gilchrist

  • 2011: Andrew “Dizzy” Gillespie, Betsy Myers, Ben Spagnuolo, Laura Zitelli

  • 2012: Ben Spagnuolo, Laura Zitelli, Chase Harding

  • 2013: Chase Harding and Kaitlyn Myers

  • 2014: Austin Howard, J.P. Davis, Claire Bogdan

  • 2015-2016: J.P. Davis, Claire Bogdan, L.J. Bryson

  • 2017: Will Moon, Alex Easterday, Aaron Martin

  • 2018: Will Moon, Alex Easterday, Kylie Dolbier

  • 2019-2020: Kylie Dolbier, Kelley Powell, Rachel Kirk

  • 2020-2021: Kylie Dolbier, Kelley Powell, Rachel Kirk
  • 2021-2022: AJ Johnston, Judah Rendelman, Palmer Rowan

Directors

Centennial Media Collection

Since 1920, the Carolina Band has been the heartbeat of our great University.

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