In the fall of 1997, Dr. Dan Rash hand-picked a group of Clemson men based on talent and character to become a part of Clemson University history. Under Dr. Rash’s direction, TIGEROAR, sporting their classic orange blazers, quickly became distinguished for their captivating performances on campus featuring the famous Clemson fight song, “Tiger Rag.” TIGEROAR has established itself as a unique part of Clemson University, and the collegiate a cappella scene.
TIGEROAR prides itself on musical excellence, versatility in performance, and “TIGEROAR Energy.” TIGEROAR’s musical ability can easily be heard on any of its 10 studio albums, or in their many live performances that feature music from pop to country, rock to R&B, even barbershop to rap. While TIGEROAR performs at a wide variety of events, TIGEROAR’s primary investments lie heavily in the Clemson area, and with the Clemson Family. Every year, TIGEROAR performs at a myriad of community fundraisers, campus service opportunities, and Clemson Spirit events. TIGEROAR’s performances are not limited to the Clemson area and those wearing orange, however. TIGEROAR has entertained audiences even as far away as San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and more. “TIGEROAR Energy” is an ambiguous term used by members of TIGEROAR and can only be truly illustrated when they perform “Tiger Rag.” Those who have seen it can attest that it is something to behold.
In addition to its multiple performances during the semester, TIGEROAR has two major performances in Clemson every year. Their spring show, TIGEROAR Live consistently packs Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and is heralded as one of the best live a cappella shows of its kind. These shows are a culmination of a semester of hard work, and showcase the group’s ability to captivate a crowd and put on a show.
Going into TIGEROAR’s 20th year, the group attributes its successes and achievements to the men that wore their blazers before them. TIGEROAR’s heavy reliance on the legacy and traditions established by members before them is just one of the many things that makes TIGEROAR special, and every year at the Fall and Spring Shows, TIGEROAR alumni in the audience are invited to come on stage to sing “Tiger Rag” with the group one more time.
TIGEROAR is currently under the direction of Dr. David Conley, who has been with the group since its inception. Dr. Conley’s wisdom and leadership have contributed immeasurably to the continuous growth of TIGEROAR, and the men that are in it—past, present, and future. TIGEROAR would like to thank Dr. Rash, Dr. Conley, their choral directors Dr. Durham and Dr. Bernaducci, Clemson University, our mothers, and those beautiful Clemson women for enabling and encouraging us to do what we do. Go Tigers!