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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.

2016 Annual Honor Band Clinic

February 11 – 14, 2016

Students nominated and then selected to participate in the 38th Annual USC Band Clinic have the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s leading conductors and educators throughout the weekend.

Conductors for the 2016 clinic:
    Ray Cramer, Director of Bands Emeritus, Indiana University
    Dr. Matt Dockendorf, Assistant Director of Bands, University of Colorado
    Dr. Chad Nicholson, Director of Bands, University of Delaware
    Dr. Danh Pham, Director of Bands, Washington State University

The 2016 USC Band Clinic will also feature performances by:
    USC Wind Ensemble (Scott Weiss, conductor)
    USC Symphonic Winds (Cormac Cannon, conductor)
    Palmetto Concert Band  (Scott Weiss, conductor)

In addition, USC is pleased to welcome the Cuthbertson High School Wind Ensemble (Todd Ebert, conductor) from Waxhaw, North Carolina and the Fort Mill High School Wind Symphony (John Pruitt, conductor) from Fort Mill, South Carolina as the featured ensembles at the 2016 clinic. These ensembles were selected by an independent panel consisting of several of the nation’s leading wind band conductors through a competitive audition process. These two outstanding concert bands will be featured in a special concert on Saturday afternoon in the Koger Center for the Arts.


Students who have been invited to participate in the USC Band Clinic must take an audition for ensemble and chair placement upon arrival on Thursday afternoon beginning at 3:30 pm. Auditions for all woodwind and brass players will consist of major scales, a chromatic scale (played the full range of your instrument), sightreading, and the prepared piece that you received in your acceptance packet. Percussion auditions will consist of the prepared pieces and sightreading. For your convenience, the prepared pieces may also be downloaded:

Bass Clarinet
Saxophones (all)
Euphonium BC
Euphonium TC
Tuba/String Bass

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