The Palmetto Concert Band was formed in 1999 by James Copenhaver and William Moody and is one of the leading adult bands in the nation, performing twice at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2014 Scott Weiss was appointed music director and conductor, and in February 2015 the ensemble performed before the National Band Association/College Band Directors Association Southern Division in Charleston, SC.
The ensemble is made up of professional and semiprofessional musicians from throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. A large majority of its members are alumni of the University of South Carolina School of Music, and more than half of its members are public school band directors.
These experienced performers receive no compensation for participating and choose to play with the group because they enjoy making music and performing outstanding repertoire composed or transcribed for the wind band.