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Citadel News Service
1 Oct 2009

Homecoming 2009 Schedule of Events

 A Citadel homecoming is a sight to see. Alumni from near and far will return to Charleston and The Citadel in November to celebrate reunions and good times with classmates young and old.

Homecoming is the college's second largest of three big weekends held on campus each year. Parents' Weekend in October is the largest. Corps Day, the annual celebration of South Carolina Corps of Cadets' founding, is held each March.


Homecoming this year will pay homage to The Citadel Regimental Band, which was founded 100 years ago in 1909.

While the Regimental Band and Pipes functions as a single cadet company at The Citadel, it has two parts - the Regimental Band and The Citadel Pipe Band. The Regimental Band is made up of about 70 cadet musicians. An important segment of cadet life at The Citadel, the Regimental Band contributes to the morale of the Corps and helps to maintain the martial atmosphere of the campus. The sounds of bagpipes were first heard at The Citadel in 1955

At home on the parade field and in a concert hall, The Regimental Band and Pipes has earned an international reputation as one of the world's premiere military college bands, offering music with great variety and appeal. Members have marched during inaugural parades and national functions and played for the President of the United States on numerous occasions.

In 1991, the Regimental Band and Pipes became the first military college band ever to be selected to participate in the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo of Scotland - a month-long nightly event of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The band and pipes has been invited to return to the 2010 Tattoo.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson, director of bands.

"To say this is a great honor is a huge understatement. It is an opportunity to do something neither the VMI nor the federal services academies, or any of the other military schools have done,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson, director of bands. “We will be performing live in front of more than 217,000 people and watched by over 100 million people all over the world when it is televised by the BBC. It is one of those rare opportunities when we can show the world who we are, where we are from, and what we can do.”

The band also will be a big part of homecoming, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 with bonfire and pep rally. The bonfire festivities became part of Homecoming for the first time in 2006. All activities take place on Indian Hill and Washington Light Infantry Field near the water tower on the Ashley River side of campus.

The pep rally and bonfire are the first of many events taking place on campus for Homecoming. Many events, including the bonfire, are free and open to the public.  Please note that the schedule of events is subject to change. Please check back often and visit for up-to-date information about Homecoming 2009.

2009 Homecoming Schedule
100 Years of The Citadel Regimental Band

Thursday, Nov. 5

4:15-6 p.m.

Meet the Bulldog basketball team
McAlister Field House

6 p.m. Homecoming bonfire
WLI Field

Friday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. Citadel Baseball Captain’s Choice Golf Outing: Legend Oaks Golf Club. $100 per person.
Noon Alumni Luncheon (Open to all. Cost is $10. RSVP by Oct. 30 to 843-953-7696
Annual Citadel Alumni Association members meeting
Holliday Alumni Center
Noon-2:30 p.m Honor Court Open House, Mark Clark Hall, 3rd Floor.
1-5 p.m. Sale of football tickets
McAlister Field House
1:30 p.m. Alumni Information Center: Ring resizing/reordering and sale of luncheon tickets
Holliday Alumni Center
2-2:45 p.m. Reception and opening of art exhibit by Tommy McQueeney, ’74
Daniel Library
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2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Honor Court rededication ceremony (Invitation Only)
Mark Clark Hall, Third Floor
3:30 p.m. Alumni Memorial Service. Cadet Chorale to perform
Summerall Chapel
3:30 p.m. School of Business Administration reception for business alumni and presentation of Business Alumnus of the Year Award
Bond Hall, Room 295
3:45 p.m.-5 p.m.  Honor Court Open House
Mark Clark Hall, Third Floor
5:10 p.m. Twilight Parade
Summerall Field
5:45-7 p.m. Citadel Young Alumni reception for classes of 1995 to 2009
Renken Room and Courtyard
Holliday Alumni Center
6 p.m. Alumni Tennis Fundraiser
Earle Tennis Center
7-11 p.m. Alumni Jamboree, Bus Shed, Charleston Visitors’ Center. $75 per person. 
Open to Reunion classes, sponsors and Stray Dog Society members.

Saturday, Nov. 7

8 a.m. Annual breakfast for past presidents of The Citadel Alumni Association
Holliday Alumni Center
8:30-11 a.m

Alumni Information Center and Visitors’ Coffee
Sale of luncheon tickets and souvenirs
Ring resizing/reordering
Holliday Alumni Center

8:30-10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors. Pipe Band plays in all barracks. 
Barracks close promptly at 10 a.m.
8:50 a.m. Summerall Guards Performance, Summerall Field
9 a.m. Sale of football tickets
Johnson Hagood Stadium
9 a.m. Himelright Scholarship presentation
LeTellier Hall
9 a.m. Alumni Tennis Fundraiser
Earle Tennis Center.
9 a.m. Wrestling - Citadel Open Freshman/Sophomore Tournament
McAlister Field House
10 a.m.

President’s Report to Alumni, Buyer Auditorium
Mark Clark Hall

11 a.m. Homecoming parade 
Recognition of Arland D. Williams Society Inductees and 2009 Citadel Alumni Association award winners
All alumni to take review
Summerall Field

Homecoming Luncheon. Cost is $9
Coward Hall
Purchase tickets at the Holliday Alumni Center until 11 a.m. After 11 a.m. tickets are available at Coward Hall.

Noon Pre-game Tailgate Party and BBQ Lunch. Cost is $8. Food served 1-3 p.m. only.
Holliday Alumni Center
1 p.m. Wrestling vs. N.C. State
McAlister Field House
3 p.m. Football vs. Wofford
Regimental Band and Pipes to perform at halftime
8 p.m. Volleyball vs. Ga. Southern
McAlister Field House

Sunday, Nov. 8 

9 a.m. Protestant Service
Summerall Chapel
10 a.m. Protestant Reception
Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
10:45 a.m. Catholic Mass
Summerall Chapel
Noon Catholic Reception
Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
2 p.m. Volleyball vs. Davidson
McAlister Field House
7:05 p.m. Exhibition Basketball vs. Southwestern State University
McAlister Field House
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