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All State Band Recordings

Welcome to the USC All-State Band Recording Project. You can hear recordings of all audition études required for the 2020-21 All-State Band Auditions performed by the world-class faculty of the USC School of Music below. You can also read and download written performance notes to aid in the preparation of these etudes. Sheet music for these études can be found at

You are encouraged to visit each faculty member's page, which includes their biographical and contact information. You may contact any member of the applied faculty with questions about all-state preparation, your instrument, or about the nationally and internationally recognized University of South Carolina School of Music. 

With the exception of the percussion études, written by Omar Carmenates, all of the solo études were composed by Dr. Brad Edwards. In addition to the recordings and performance notes available on this site, Dr. Edwards has created a "practice pack" for each of the brass and woodwind solos that includes duet parts, piano accompaniments, playing tips and exercises. There is also a SmartMusic accompaniment file available as part of the "practice pack." The packs are available at for a small fee.

Please direct general questions and comments about the All-State Recording Project to:
Michael Harley, coordinator, USC All-State Band Recording Project


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Bass Trombone

Michael Wilkinson has just joined the faculty at USC. He has spent the last six years as a Trombone and Jazz Studies professor at the University of Central Florida. In Orlando, he performed with the Brass Band of Central Florida, the Orlando Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and the UCF Jazz Professors. His first solo jazz CD, "Wait for Me!,” was recently released through Random Act Records. He can also be heard as a featured jazz soloist on the recent Brass Band of Central Florida CD release, “15,” and can also be heard on Flying Horse Record’s, “En Plein Air” and "Do That Again." Wilkinson has recently become an S.E. Shires Trombone Artist. He plays tenor trombone, bass trombone, alto trombone, F contrabass trombone, and euphonium.



Michael Harley enjoys a diverse career as a teacher, performer, and music advocate. At USC he teaches bassoon and occasional courses in music history and contemporary music, coaches chamber music, and is artistic director of the award-winning Southern Exposure New Music Series. A proponent of contemporary music, Mike is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, called “new music luminaries” and “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American musical scene” (New York Times).



Clarinetist Joseph Eller has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was appointed principal clarinetist of the South Carolina Philharmonic in 2012 and has played extra with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras throughout the southeastern United States. 



Ronald Davis is principal tubist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently serving as coordinator of the Brass Teaching Division. As an orchestral player, he has performed with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra under Roger Wagner, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Charleston and Charlotte Symphonies.



An active recitalist and prizewinner in several national competitions, including the 1998 and 2001 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competitions, Jennifer Parker-Harley appears as a frequent performer at the NFA’s annual convention and in schools and music series across the country. An experienced orchestral flutist, she was a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio for eight years before moving to South Carolina.      



J.D. Shaw was formerly the French hornist with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass where he was creative director, music arranger and co-owner of the ensemble. He is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States as well as many countries in North America, Europe and Asia. He has also been a featured performer on National Public Radio's Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show.


Low Clarinet

Ryan Pereira is a clarinetist, technician, and educator. He is currently earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina and has previously earned a M.M. degree in Clarinet Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. degree in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music. His primary teachers are Joseph Eller, Michael Norsworthy, and Michael Galván. Ryan also founded Pereira 3D LLC, a company that manufactures customized clarinet and saxophone products from 3D printing technology, offers artisan repair services, and is a licensed dealer of hand-selected Buffet Crampon clarinets. His performing accomplishments include winning the 2019 GLORY International Solo Competition and 2015 Ithaca College School of Music Concerto Competition. He placed 2nd in the 2015 ENKOR International Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Solo Competition based in Germany. He was also featured in a performance of Oscar Navarro's "II Concerto" for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the 2018 Brookline Concerto Competition.



Oboist Rebecca Schalk Nagel enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, teacher, and administrator. Principal oboist of the South Carolina Philharmonic, Ms. Nagel has appeared with the Philharmonic as a soloist in Mozart's Concerto in C for Oboe, Krommer's Concerto in F, and J.S. Bach's Concerto in A for Oboe d'amore and Concerto for Oboe and Violin. She has performed across the United States and in Europe with the Bethlehem Bach Choir and the New York City Opera National Company. Ms. Nagel was a solo recitalist on the Noonday Concert series at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City and has performed with the New Philharmonia of Riverside and the Chamber Orchestra of New England.



Scott Herring performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was a member of the Northwestern University Graduate Percussion Quartet, which traveled to Germany and London for performances. He frequently appears as a guest artist with university percussion ensembles across the U.S. and has presented concerts and clinics at PASIC 1996, 2002, 2006 and 2011.



Clifford Leaman is in great demand as a soloist and clinician and has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and in China where he was a featured guest artist eight times since 2004. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the ShenZhen Symphony Orchestra, at the XII World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Canada (2000), the North American Saxophone Alliance’s 2006 Biennial Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, the 2008 International Navy Band Symposium in Washington D.C., and the XV World Saxophone Congress in July, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.



Michael Wilkinson is a versatile music educator and musician who doubles on tenor and bass trombone (as well as alto, contrabass and euphonium) and taught middle school band in Arizona in his “past life.” Equally at home in varied musical styles, he has played with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Brass Band of Central Florida, as well as being a member of the newly-formed South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble. Michael released his first solo CD, “Wait for Me!”, on Random Act Records in 2017, and is an S.E. Shires Trombone Artist.



James Ackley has performed with the Charleston Symphony, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, and many others. As a soloist and recitalist, he has performed in more than 30 countries and in the most famous concert halls in the world. He is a member of the award winning Bala Brass Quintet and has recorded several solo CDs to critical acclaim.



Ronald Davis is principal tubist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently serving as coordinator of the Brass Teaching Division. As an orchestral player, he has performed with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra under Roger Wagner, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Charleston and Charlotte Symphonies.

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