Dress parades, carillon concerts return to Fridays at The Citadel
Friday afternoon military dress parades featuring the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will return to The Citadel at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 23. Each parade is typically preceded and followed by a concert at the Thomas Dry Howie Memorial Carillon.
Military dress parades -- the rifle and sword manual, combined with the final pass-in-review of the 18 rifle companies, the pipe band and regimental band -- attract tourists, family members and supporters from far and wide. Parades and reviews are presented on Summerall Field free of charge at 3:45 most every Friday afternoon during the college year. Occasionally parade is scheduled at 4:20 p.m.
The spring 2009 parade schedule with times can be viewed at http://www.citadel.edu/root/parade-schedule. Parking is available on campus. Bleacher seating is available; however, visitors should arrive early and allow time to hear the carillon bell tower and visit campus attractions like the museum, Summerall Chapel and gift shop.
Carillon concerts are a recent addition to the Friday afternoon events on campus. The carillon and bell tower were restored and the columbarium was opened thanks to fundraising and restoration efforts of the Class of 1957 and graduate Harry van Bergen. Van Bergen is president of the Charleston-based, bell making company his family started in the United States in 1939.
The Class of 1957 also created two scholarships for cadets who want to learn the play the carillon, which is a memorial to Thomas Dry Howie, a 1929 Citadel graduate who was killed in 1944 in World War II. Cadet Stephanie Stoll last fall took part in a concert led by Dan Kehoe, a leading national carillonneur and carillonneur emeritus of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.