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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.

Interested?

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.

37th Annual Honor Band Clinic

February 13 – 16, 2014
Due to continued bad weather and dangerous road conditions in the Columbia and surrounding areas, we regret to inform you that the 2014 USC Band Clinic has been cancelled. All participants will be issued full refunds of their participation and lodging fees.

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2014 USC Band Clinic Conductors

  • Ray Cramer, director of bands emeritus, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Eric Melley, assistant director of bands, University Louisiana Lafayette
  • Eric Smedley, assistant director of bands, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Scott Stewart, conductor, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony