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Band Clinic

Each February hundreds of top-ranked high school band students from throughout the Southeast converge on campus to participate in a vigorous musical immersion clinic. The USC Band Clinic is among the nation's most prominent and intensive musical experiences for public school band musicians.

40th Annual USC Band Clinic

February 8 – 11, 2018

2018 Band Clinic Information Packet

The USC Wind Ensemble performance at this clinic is open to the public and is one of the most exciting concerts of the year.

2018 USC Band Clinic Guest Conductors
Kevin Sedatole, Michigan State University
Lafe Cook, Dobyns-Bennett High School (Kingsport, TN)
Myra Rhoden, Fayette County High School (Fayetteville, GA)
Rodney Workman, Central Davidson High School (Lexington, NC)
2018 USC Band Clinic Featured Ensembles
River Bluff High School (Ken Turner, director)
Jackson County High School (Nicholas Golding, director)

2018 Performances
Koger Center for the Arts
Friday, February 9, 4:45 p.m. - USC Symphonic Winds
Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m. - USC Wind Ensemble

Developed by director of bands emeritus James Copenhaver in 1976, the Band Clinic provides high-quality musical instruction for advanced high school students in wind and percussion. If you're a qualified band student, you can sharpen your musical skills with some of the nation's top clinicians.

Interested in participating?

To participate, you must first be nominated by your high school band director. Most of the nominated students are all-state or all-region band members, perform with youth symphonies and study privately.

If you're selected by USC, you'll live on campus, learn from our internationally known faculty, and take master classes from guest artists.

You'll be exposed to new commissioned works from the world's foremost band composers, attend USC Band concerts, and have the experience of rigorous auditions.

First day auditions seat you in one of four ensembles, and top performers are placed in the clinic's honor band, performing under the batons of some of the leading conductors in the nation.

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