Events on July 8 in Clemson's History
- 2006: Clemson assistant men's track coach Jarrett Foster dies after suffering head injuries in a jet-skiing accident on Lake Keowee. Foster was riding on a WaveRunner personal watercraft driven by Clemson offensive guard Nathan Bennett when he became unseated and was subsequently struck by a jet-ski operated by offensive lineman Roman Fry. Foster, 32, had just completed his seventh year as the field events assistant coach under Bob Pollock. Bennett and Fry both test negative for alcohol or drugs. The Oconee County coroner's office rules the death accidental. The cases will be adjudicated on September 13.
- 2007: Alumni Band to march in First Sunday Parade - CUTBA letter follows:
Greetings, Tiger Band Alumni! I hope this note finds you healthy and happy, and having a wonderful summer! As you know, our upcoming gridiron date with the Seminoles is right around the corner, and in preparation, a wonderful opportunity has presented itself for us and for the future of Tiger Band.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Clemson University Tiger Band Association is fully engaged in the Tiger Band Commitment Campaign. The Tiger Band Commitment is a fundraising effort to raise $2 million in outright cash gifts, pledges, and deferred gifts for the Clemson University Tiger Band Association by June 30, 2008. CUTBA is dedicated to the support of Tiger Band through scholarships for deserving students, and we can have a direct effect as musicians this fall in raising funds for these scholarships through the Tiger Band Commitment. The First Friday Parade this year will actually be held on Sunday, September 2 (the night before the Labor Day game against Florida State). CUTBA, in an effort to promote the Commitment campaign, has applied for entry in the parade for the “Tiger Band Commitment Alumni Band.” You are invited and encouraged to come and march your instrument with us in the First Friday (Sunday) Parade this year.
This is a wonderful opportunity to promote the opening game atmosphere with Tiger Rag, reconnect and fellowship with old friends, support our Tigers, and have a direct impact on the future of Tiger Band and all university bands. If you need to borrow an instrument, please let me know. We will try our best to work with you in securing an instrument for your use. Whether you’re an Alumni Band regular, or you’ve never participated in Alumni Band before, please let me encourage you to get involved with this special opportunity. We are playing for a great cause, and we’ll have a lot of fun doing it.
There are a couple of rules. First, in order to participate, you must be a current member of CUTBA in good standing. CUTBA dues are $10 minimum per year and are due after July 1 for the following year. Visit the CUTBA website for details on how to bring your membership up to date. Also, we will need a binding commitment from you to participate in the parade if you so choose. This binding commitment will help us in determining instrumentation and marching space in the parade. Finally, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed during the parade. Beverages (adult and otherwise) will be available at the conclusion of the festivities.
If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to be a part of, please email me as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org and inform me of your intentions. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The sky is the limit for the future of Clemson University and Tiger Band. Come help us make this future a reality by joining us in the Song That Shakes the Southland as we gear up for the Seminoles and a GRRRRREAT 2007 football season!! GO TIGERS!
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