The Birth of Music at Tech
The roots of music at Georgia Tech go all the way back to 1906, when the Glee club was formed.
According to Georgia Tech's student newspaper, The Technique, in an article from October 9, 1917, "The Glee Club was started in 1906 and was composed of some eight or ten men who would gather every afternoon under the Academic Building and practice."
But in an Atlanta Constitution article, dated June 20, 1907, the group’s roots began a bit differently: "One of the great social organizations that helps to make the thorny path at Tech tread easier is a musical club organized last February under the suggestive title of the 'Tech Glee Club'."
Despite differing opinions on exactly how it started, our glee club is the second oldest collegiate glee club in the Southeast.
Then in 1908, a group of 14 students, led by Robert "Biddy" Bidez, a textile major from Mobile, Alabama, formed the first incarnation of the Georgia Tech Band. It wasn’t until four years later that the band had its first bandleader, M.A. “Mike” Greenblatt.