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Band Clinic

Each February hundreds of talented high school band students from throughout the nation converge on the UofSC campus to participate in a weekend of music-making and learning. Founded in 1976 by James K. Copenhaver, the UofSC Band Clinic is among the nation's longest-running and most prestigious honor band events.

2022 UofSC Band Clinic

February 10–13, 2022


Ensembles and NEW Opportunities

As has been traditional, 3-4 concert bands will form the foundation of the UofSC Band Clinic. New for 2022, we will be adding a jazz band and a percussion ensemble. Jazz band and percussion ensemble students will be selected by video audition due at the same time as the nomination form (December 6). Students who audition for and are not selected for the jazz band or percussion ensemble may still be considered for the concert bands. Audition material for jazz band and percussion ensemble can be found HERE. Jazz Band students will have a 3-day intensive jazz experience and will NOT play in a concert band. Percussion Ensemble students will begin rehearsal on Thursday, February 10, with an intensive percussion experience that afternoon and evening. Beginning Friday, percussion ensemble students will perform in a concert band and will have some pull-out sectionals to continue work on their percussion ensemble music. Both ensembles will be featured on the traditional finale concert Sunday at 2pm.

Students in Grades 10-12 are eligible to participate in the UofSC Band Clinic. To be selected to participate, students must first be nominated by their high school band directors. Band directors must use the online form to nominate students. The link to the online nomination form is now live. Nominations are due by Monday, December 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST. At this point, the link will become inactive, and late nominations will not be accepted.

Band directors need the following information from their students to complete the nomination form:
•    Name
•    Grade
•    Instrument
•    Parent email address
•    Previous Band Clinic participation
•    Other playing experience
•    Unlisted YouTube link to audition video for Jazz Band or Percussion Ensemble students

For every school that nominates students, the top woodwind student and the top brass student will be selected to participate in a concert band. Any others will be selected on a space-available basis, and selections will be based on the ranked order and information submitted by the band directors. Students may only be nominated for one concert band instrument. Students who are only interested in auditioning for jazz band should be ranked at the bottom of your nomination list, as only their audition video will be considered when making invitation decisions. Students are eligible for Jazz Band on the following instruments:  Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Electric Guitar, Piano, String Bass, Drum Set. Selections and invitations will be sent out via email not later than Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Students invited will receive an invitation via the parent’s email address provided with their nomination. The invitation will include a link to register for the clinic. Registration is only accepted online and will be due on January 21, 2022. Payment is due in full and must be submitted online or postmarked by January 21, 2022.

Once students are selected for the concert bands, jazz band, and percussion ensemble, they will receive information about the weekend. Concert band students will be provided a link to music for a chair placement audition. New this year, students will submit their concert band chair placement audition via video on or before Tuesday, February 8 at 5:00 pm EST. Concert band students (those not participating in percussion ensemble) will arrive on the UofSC campus on Friday, February 11 in the early morning to register, learn their band placement, and begin rehearsals. 

That afternoon students will participate in masterclasses with the UofSC School of Music applied music faculty. Concerts on Friday will feature the UofSC Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

Rehearsals continue on Saturday, and concerts will include the guest bands and the Palmetto Concert Band.

Students will have final rehearsals and dress rehearsals on Sunday, culminating with the finale concert on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Koger Center for the Arts.

A example schedule from the 2020 UofSC Band Clinic can be found here.

*Note: Additional information will be sent out via email on February 7, 2022.

*Note: Students electing to participate must be present at all events throughout the weekend. Students with conflicts during the weekend should not register. Students who miss a required event will not be allowed to continue participation throughout the weekend. Teaching Fellow Candidates are encouraged to reschedule their interview if there are conflicts.

The concert band chair placement audition consists of a chromatic scale (played the full range of your instrument) and audition excerpt(s) listed below. You must record all materials in one take. A phone video with audio will suffice for these auditions.

Bass Clarinet
Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
String Bass

*Note: All percussion participants are required to audition on all applicable percussion instruments.

Registration fee: $100 per student (same for concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble)

Due to policy changes brought about by COVID, high school band directors will be responsible for arranging housing for and supervising students. A list of available hotels will be provided by the Band Office.

Leading conductors from across the nation will lead each of the UofSC Band Clinic Bands, providing a once in a lifetime music making experience for student attendees. 2022 clinicians include:

Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Alyssa Montgomery, Director of Bands, Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, NC

Brian Dell, Director of Bands, Plant High School, Tampa, FL

Dr. Matthew White, Director of Jazz Studies, University of South Carolina (Jazz Band)

Dr. Scott Herring, Professor of Percussion, University of South Carolina (Percussion Ensemble)

We are honored to welcome the following ensembles, selected through a blind evaluation process, to perform at the 44th Annual Uof SC Band Clinic:

Easley High School Wind Ensemble, Easley, SC

Rick Langdale, Jr. and Tori Bevels, conductors

Dutchtown High School Wind Ensemble, Hampton, GA

Wolson Gustama, conductor

COVID Restrictions 
University policy dictates that all individuals must wear masks inside any campus buildings, which includes the School of Music, Koger Center for the Arts, and the Copenhaver Band Hall.  UofSC Bands will notify participants if there are any changes.

For more information or questions, contact the UofSC Band office at 803-777-4278 or

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