The USC Drum Major Clinic provides high school drum majors three days of intensive
instruction in basic conducting technique, score study, advanced musicianship, tempo
control and vocal commands. The experienced staff devotes a significant portion of
the instructional time to developing leadership techniques and equipping drum majors
to successfully lead their high school marching bands. The clinic culminates in an
exhibition to which families and friends are invited.
2016 Drum Major Clinic Dates
Thursday, June 16 – Saturday, June 18
Deadline to register: Friday, June 3
Cost: $110 per person (lodging not included)
Private lessons are available for an additional $25 (includes one 30-minute lesson)
Location: Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Lodging: Lodging is available at area hotels. Contact the USC Band Office for recommendations.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-4278.
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Guest Leadership Clinician
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser’s career involves 10 years of successful college band directing
at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri and New Mexico State University.
Dr. Tim has a long tradition at USC summer camps and is the industry’s leading motivational
speaker, focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training.
Clinic Instructional Staff
Cormac Cannon is associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at the
University of South Carolina, where he guides all aspects of the athletic band program
including directing the 350-member “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” USC Marching Band.
He also conducts the Symphonic Winds and teaches undergraduate conducting. Cannon
joins the USC faculty following six years on the music faculty at Michigan State University,
where he was Associate Director of Athletic Bands, conducted the Concert Band and
Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, and taught courses in conducting and music education.
James W. Taylor is assistant director of bands at USC. His duties include drill design
and working with the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Marching Band, directing basketball
bands, conducting the University Band, and teaching courses in the music education
curriculum. He holds a master of music in instrumental conducting from the University
of Tennessee. Taylor has several years experience teaching in the public schools of
East Tennessee as both a middle and high school band director. His other teaching
experiences include brass instruction for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont,
Illinois, three years with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming, and
he is an alumnus of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio.
Ben Pouncey is director of bands at Dubose Middle School, Summerville, SC. He graduated
Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in December 2012, with a bachelor’s
degree in music with an emphasis in music education. While attending the University
of South Carolina, he was a member of the USC Wind Ensemble, the Left Bank Big Band,
and served as a trumpet section leader as well as a senior assistant with the University
of South Carolina Marching Band. An alumnus of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, pouncey
served as the corps’ drum major from 2009-2011 after having been a member of the trumpet
section from 2007-2008. He was the recipient of the 2011 Jim Jones Leadership Award
presented by Drum Corps International and is currently a member of The Cadets’ instructional
staff. He also has served as a clinician for the Drum Corps International Drum Major
Leadership Seminar held each year for DCI drum majors from across the nation. A native
of Columbia, SC, Pouncey has held instructional positions at the middle school and
high school levels, teaching instrumental master classes and conducting drum major
leadership clinics with students across South Carolina, as well as Georgia, North
Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.