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Band Clinic

Each February hundreds of talented high school band students from throughout the nation converge on the USC 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.

2019 USC Band Clinic

February 14–17, 2019

How to Participate

Students in Grades 10-12 are eligible to participate in the USC Band Clinic. To be selected to participate, students must first be nominated by their high school band directors. Band directors must use this online form to nominate students in ranked order. Nominations will only be accepted online and are due by December 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Note that band directors submitting nominations receive an email confirming that the nominations have been received. If you do not receive this confirmation email,  contact us at 803-777-4278 or

For every school that nominates students, the top woodwind student and the top brass student is selected to participate. Any others are selected on a space-available basis, and are based on the ranked order and information submitted by band directors. Selections are sent out via email no later than January 11, 2019.

Schedule Overview

Students arrive on the USC campus Thursday, February 14 in the afternoon to register and audition for ensemble/chair placement. Students selected receive audition information in their acceptance materials. Also on Thursday, students have the option to take a School of Music and/or USC campus tour, and meet with current students and faculty to learn about performance opportunities with the USC Bands. Later that evening, students enjoy a concert featuring the Left Bank Jazz Band, the USC Percussion Ensemble, and the Palmetto Pans steel drum band.

On Friday morning, students begin rehearsing with their bands. That afternoon students participate in master classes with USC School of Music applied music faculty. Concerts on Friday feature USC Symphonic Winds and USC Wind Ensemble.

Rehearsals continue on Saturday, and concerts include the Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble, Stratford High School Wind Orchestra, and Palmetto Concert Band.

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

* Note: Students selected to participate must be present at all events throughout the weekend. Students with conflicts during the weekend should not be nominated.


Students have the option of staying at home and commuting to the clinic or being housed and chaperoned by USC. Housing is at the Hilton Columbia Center at 924 Senate Street – just a block from the USC School of Music and Koger Center for the Arts. Students are housed in rooms of four and overseen by a team of middle school and high school band directors hired by USC to serve as chaperones for the event.


Registration Fee: $100 per student
Housing Fee: $130 per student

Guest Clinicians

Jeff Harper, Lassiter High School (GA)
David Roth, Kell High School (GA)
Bill Tiberio, Fairport High School (NY)

Guest Ensembles

Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble (GA); Quentin Goins, conductor
Stratford High School Wind Orchestra (SC); Todd Smith, conductor

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