The Marching Crimson Pipers



John Q. Lennard
Tuskegee University Bands
Chambliss Music Hall Rm. 107
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone: 334-724-4789
Fax: 334-724-4295

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The Tuskegee University Band is under the direction of Mr. John Q. Lennard, a native of Tuskegee, AL.

Lennard is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Lennard is a charter member of the FAMU Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity of America. He is also a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at Tuskegee University. 

After college, Lennard served as a high school band director in Homestead, Miami, and Orlando, Florida and Tuskegee, Alabama. He also taught elementary music at the Rio Grande Charter School in Orlando, Florida. 

He has performed music across the world in places such as Switzerland, France, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Lennard has also had the distinctive opportunity to perform with or open for great musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, The Ohio Players, Victor Goines, Nat Adderly, Jimmy Heath and the Heath Brothers, The Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster, Brian McKnight, Donnell Jones, Ruben Studdard, The Phat Cat Players, Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kurt Carr, P.J. Morton, Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Richard Smallwood, and Byron Cage.

Lennard is a member of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Tuskegee University. He follows in the footsteps of long-time Director of Bands, Mr. Warren L. Duncan., who now serves as Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.


Kim Ivory, Clytie Brown, and Robin McDonald are the Coordinators and Choreographers of the Crimson Piperettes Dance Line and the Twirling Divas Flag Corps.

The audition for incoming Freshmen for the Piperettes is in August.  Young ladies interested in auditioning for the upcoming season should attend the initial Band meeting which will be held at the Band Cottage on campus To receive more information on the audition process please contact the Band Office.


Other Band Staff includes:

JeGayde Colvert,
Coordinator of Percussion Section and Equipment Storekeeper

Louis Booth,

Felicia Johnson,
Band Manager and Flag Coordinator

William Dean Anderson,
The Voice of The Marching Crimson Pipers



The Marching Crimson Pipers -- "We are the Marching Crimson Piper Band...and we are the Best Band in the Land!" 

This is the slogan of the high-stepping Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers (MCP). As a part of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Tuskegee University Band Program consists of four band components: 

  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Basketball Pep Band

The MCP have enjoyed a long history of excellence, including major appearances in the highly acclaimed Honda Battle of the Bands.  This SIAC portion of the Annual Invitational Showcase is usually held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA and features Marching Bands from 10 participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). The event attracts and thoroughly entertains nearly 65,000 fans. 

The Marching Crimson Piper Band marches over 150 members, including piperettes, flag line and drum majors.

For nearly 100 years, the Marching Crimson Pipers, known for their unique marching style, powerful music arrangements, intricate dance steps and quality presentations by the dancing piperettes, flag line and soulful drum majors, have performed at:

  • Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, GA 
  • Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY 
  • Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL (Calhoun Foods Battle of the Bands)  
  • Crosley Field, Cincinnati, OH 
  • Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA (Honda Battle of the Bands) 
  • Governor's Inaugural Parades, Montgomery, AL 
  • Legion Field (Birmingham Stallions, World Football League), Birmingham, AL 
  • Mardi Gras Parade, Mobile, AL 
  • Peanut Festival Parade, Dothan, AL 
  • Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI 
  • Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 
  • Stagg Bowl (NCAA Division III Championship Football Game), Phenix City, AL 
  • Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL 
  • Tangerine Bowl, Orlando, FL 
  • Texas Stadium, Dallas, TX 
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, KY  

and numerous other stadiums, parades and functions throughout the nation.

The Honda Battle of the Bands program includes two components. The Celebration Tour provides an opportunity for 45 participating schools from around the country to earn a $1,000 grant for their halftime performances at selected football games during the fall.

At the end of the Tour, the 10 bands that demonstrate the most showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction will be invited to the Invitational Showcase. Each of the 10 schools selected will receive an additional funds toward its scholarship fund. The invitees will include the two top bands from each of the four HBCU athletic conferences (CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, SIAC) and two independent schools.

The selection process is based solely on a three-tiered process. Thirty-three percent of the vote will be from the on-line fan voting at . Thirty-three percent will be from the commissioners of the four conferences and school presidents, and thirty-three percent will be from the band directors. Commissioners, presidents and band directors are not allowed to vote for their own school(s). All on-line surveys must be completed and submitted by the deadline.

The Marching Crimson Pipers of Tuskegee University, now under the direction of Mr. John Q. Lennard, historically brought a large number of fans to the Georgia Dome, which seemed to fuel the Crimson Pipers' already dynamic program and performance.


Jazz Ensemble                  Basketball Pep Band