COLUMBIA -- A self-described frugal bachelor who led the University of South Carolina's band for 34 years revealed Thursday that he is donating $1 million of his savings to the School of Music for band scholarships.

University officials said James Copenhaver's gift is the school's largest ever and will pay for about $50,000 in undergraduate scholarships every year.

"It's hard for a lot of kids to get money to go to school, and if they have to work, they can't do a band activity. So it's important to continue scholarship funding so the band can continue," said Copenhaver, who retired in 2010.