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Band Clinic

Each February hundreds of top-ranked high school band students from throughout the Southeast converge on campus to participate in a vigorous musical immersion clinic. The USC Band Clinic is among the nation's most prominent and intensive musical experiences for public school band musicians.

Developed by director of bands emeritus James Copenhaver in 1976, the Band Clinic provides high-quality musical instruction for advanced high school students in wind and percussion. If you're a qualified band student, you can sharpen your musical skills with some of the nation's top clinicians.


To participate, you must first be nominated by your high school band director. Most of the nominated students are all-state or all-region band members, perform with youth symphonies and study privately.

If you're selected by USC, you'll live on campus, learn from our internationally known faculty, and take master classes from guest artists.

You'll be exposed to new commissioned works from the world's foremost band composers, attend USC Band concerts, and have the experience of rigorous auditions.

First day auditions seat you in one of four ensembles, and top performers are placed in the clinic's honor band, performing under the batons of some of the leading conductors in the nation.

39th Annual USC Band Clinic

February 9 – 12, 2017

Students nominated and then selected to participate in the 39th Annual USC Band Clinic have the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s leading conductors and educators throughout the weekend.

2017 USC Band Clinic Conductors:
David Aydelott, director of bands, Franklin High School (TN)
Alex Kaminsky, director of bands, Stoneman Douglas High School (FL)
Michael Luley, director of bands, Lake Braddock High School (VA)

2017 USC Band Clinic Feature Performances:
USC Wind Ensemble (Scott Weiss, conductor)
USC Symphonic Winds (Cormac Cannon, conductor)
Palmetto Concert Band  (Scott Weiss, conductor)

Featured Ensemble Application Information

The 2017 USC Band Clinic will feature performances by two high school bands at the Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Ensembles selected to perform are also expected to be in attendance at the USC Wind Ensemble concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 10. Ensembles interested in applying should submit the following materials to the USC Band office by July 1, 2016:

1. A letter of application stating the band's interest in performing at the event and detailing recent accomplishments of the band program and conductor. The letter must also indicate that the ensemble understands that attendance at the USC Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. is expected of all performing ensembles.

2. Three (3) identical unmarked compact discs of selected concert band literature. Musical selections must be limited to a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 minutes in total duration. Performances must be live and unedited, and they must be from the current 2015-16 academic year. Each CD case or sleeve should be labeled with the following information: School, Director's Name, and Musical Selections. However, to insure anonymity, please do not label the actual CDs. Any announcements indicating the performing organization must also be edited out of the audio.

Performance applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of outstanding wind band conductors, and ensembles will be notified by the end of July 2016.

For more information, contact the USC Band office at 803-777-9151 or