Kulmala earns highest band award

A Williston native has received the Tiger Band's highest honor for his instrumental leadership as the drum major.
Nick Kulmala, who graduated May 10 from Clemson University, is the 2012 season recipient of the Bruce F. Cook Award.
Mark Spede, the director of bands, said Kulmala is deserving of the peer-nominated award as "the most outstanding and dedicated band member" because he served as drum major and commander, which is the highest elected officer. The annual award is in honor of Bruce Cook, a beloved band director from 1966 to 1985.
Kulmala considers it an honor to be selected by his peers because of the bonds they've formed through countless hours of practices, trips and performances.
"After four years and spending the better part of your college career with Tiger Band, you can't help but feel permanently attached to every single band member," said Kulmala. "We take the Clemson family idea very seriously here and everyone feels the love in some form or another, but Tiger Band takes it to a new level."
Kulmala's name will be put on a plaque in Clemson's performing arts center.
Kulmala, who majored in performing arts with a concentration in music, is the son of Pete and Gale Kulmala of Williston. He plans to pursue a career in arts administration.