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Drum Major Clinic

USC Summer Drum Major Clinic

Summer Drum Major Clinic is designed for high school students interested in learning the skills essential to becoming an effective high school drum major.

Designed as a nonresidential day-camp, participants spend three full days in instruction and leadership classes, with an emphasis on developing fundamentals and advanced field conducting techniques. The clinic culminates in an Exhibition, Final Assessment and Awards Ceremony.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Guest Clinician – “Leadership Session”

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.

Cost: $99 per person (lodging not included)
Location: Copenhaver Band Hall, 324 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208

2014 dates

June 19–21, 2014

Clinic Instructional Staff

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Rebecca L. Phillips

Dr. Rebecca Phillips is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina where she is responsible for directing the Symphonic Winds Concert Band, “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Carolina Marching Band, “Concocktion” Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands, teaching undergraduate instrumental conducting, and directing the Summer Drum Major Clinic.  Dr. Phillips has served as a clinician and guest-conductor throughout the United States, including her invitation as a 2008 Midwest Clinic rehearsal clinician, conducting performances with the University of Indianapolis Wind Ensemble, the Florida State University Symphonic Band, the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble and various high school and college honor bands. As a trombonist, Phillips’ performances can be found on several internationally distributed recordings. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra. She has also performed internationally in England, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, and Sweden, and has toured as a trombonist with Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow.

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Jayme Taylor

James W. Taylor is the Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. Mr. Taylor's duties at USC 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. Mr. Taylor holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducitng from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Taylor has several years experience teaching in the public schools of East Tennessee as both a middle and high school band director. Mr. Taylor's 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.

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Ben Pouncey

Ben Pouncey graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in December of 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, Ben 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 Ben 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, Ben 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. 


 For more information:, 803-777-4278