group of fourteen students, led by Robert "Biddy" Bidez, a textile
major from Mobile, Alabama, forms the Georgia Tech Band. Also, the
Men's Glee Club is formed.
||M.A. "Mike" Greenblatt becomes Tech's
first professional bandleader. Greenblatt made the first arrangement
and score of "Ramblin' Wreck" as a handwritten manuscript. The song
was sung to the Scottish tune, "Son of a Gambolier". Billy Walthall, a
member of the first four-year graduating class, wrote the lyrics.
|| Frank Roman becomes band director.
||The Georgia Tech Band Club is chartered.
||Frank Roman adapts and copyrights
"Ramblin' Wreck". This musical version continues to be popular today.
||Kappa Kappa Psi, Iota Chapter, a national
honorary band fraternity, is founded.
||The Columbia Gramophone Company puts a
recording of Tech songs made by the Georgia Tech Band and Men's Glee
Club on sale. Georgia Tech becomes the first college in the South to
have its songs recorded.
||Major A. J. Garing, a member of the John
Phillip Sousa Band, becomes band director.
||Mr. Granath's "Alma Mater" and Frank
Roman's "Up with the White and Gold" are copyrighted.
||Ben Logan Sisk is appointed band
||The Men's Glee Club performs at Army and
Air Force bases throughout Europe.
||Trombonist Teresa Thomas and flutist
Paula Stevenson, two of the nine female students registered at Georgia
Tech, become the first female members of the band.
||The Men's Glee Club travels to Greenland,
Bermuda, Newfoundland, and Europe.
||Freshman Glee Club is formed and
practices at the YMCA.
||The Music Department, under the
leadership of Ben Logan Sisk, is created under Tech's General College
with the intention of bringing institutional support to the band and
the glee club. For the first time, academic credit is given for
participation in the band. The first permanent home of the Band is
established at the old Church of God building on the corner of
Hemphill and Ferst Streets.
||Jerry Black becomes director of the Men's
||Epsilon Theta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma,
a national honorary band sorority, is founded to complement the Iota
chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
||Tech Womens' Chorale formed.
||Edward Bridges is appointed band director
and Don Eubands becomes assistant director. The Men's Glee Club and
Womens' Chorale merge to form the Chorale.
||The Music Department is assigned to the
College of Sciences & Liberal Studies. Ken Durham is appointed
assistant director. Gregory Colson becomes assistant professor and
director of Choral Activities.
||The Georgia Tech Jazz Ensemble is founded
under the direction of Douglas Richards.
||Gregory Colson becomes head of the Music
Department and associate professor.
||Ron Mendola is appointed director of the
||James "Bucky" Johnson hired as Tech's
first full-time Director of Bands.
||A new course, Introduction to Synthesized
Computer Music, is added to curriculum. The Wind Ensemble is created
and later evolves into the Symphonic Band.
||The Georgia Tech Orchestra forms as a
string ensemble coached by Ron Mendola.
||A music history course is added to
curriculum. Carlisle Dent is hired as assistant director.
||The Georgia Tech Orchestra combines with
Georgia State's string, woodwind, and brass program to create a
University Orchestra at GSU.
||The Music Department relocates to the
College of Architecture, providing opportunities for collaboration
with artists and media groups.
||The dean of the College of Architecture
appoints Bucky Johnson chair of Music Department; Andrea Strauss is
hired to assist with the band program and teach music theory courses.
||The Electrical Engineering Study Abroad
Program at Oxford, England, begins to offer a music history course.
The Georgia Tech Chamber Orchestra is founded with twelve string
players under the direction of Ron Mendola. The Music Department hires
first its composer-in-residence, James Oliverio.
||Certificate in Music is established.
Chris Moore is hired as assistant band director and Percussion
Ensemble director. Music Technology, allies with Music Ensembles,
plays a significant role at the Inauguration of President Clough.
||The DrumsTechs Electronic Percussion
Ensemble is formed. Orchestra adds woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
||William "Doc" Caldwell is hired as
associate professor and director of Choral Activities. Men's Glee Club
||Music Minor is created. Chamber Choir is
founded. Clark Ashton, sculptor-in-residence for the College of
Architecture and the School of Mechanical Engineering, and James
Oliverio collaborate on the premiere performance of "Dreamers, then,
Remembering, Open the Sky" for the annual Arts in the Village
||Peter Ciaschini (violin), Sam Skelton
(reeds), and Max Kleinsteuber (clarinet and piano) join the Music
Department as orchestra, jazz, and music minor adjunct faculty.
||The Marching and Symphonic
Bands performed in Dublin, Ireland, during the St. Patrick's Day
Celebration. The Symphonic Band's concert was in collaboration with
the Dublin Institute of Technology. Music Recording and Mixing, Music
and Sound Design, and the Electronic Percussion Studio/Ensemble
courses are added.
||Bucky Johnson (Department
Chair, Director of Bands) retires. Frank Clark is hired as
Director of the Music Department. Andrea Strauss is named
Director of Bands. Chris Moore becomes Director of Athletic
Bands. William Bishop joins the faculty as Assistant Director of
||William "Doc" Caldwell
retires. Dr. Jerry Ulrich joins the faculty as Director of
Choral Activities. Gil Weinberg is hired as assistant professor
and director of Music Technology.