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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.

2021 UofSC Band Clinic

February 11–13, 2021

Featuring Guest Composer John Mackey and Keynote Speaker Jerry F. Junkin


The 2021 UofSC Band Clinic will be held February 11-13, 2021 via Zoom and YouTube live stream. Events will include performances by UofSC and guest ensembles, information sessions and masterclasses with UofSC music faculty and students, and a special grand finale virtual performance of John Mackey’s Xerxes featuring all clinic participants.

High School juniors and seniors may submit a video for an additional opportunity to be a featured participant in an online masterclass. Sessions will be held between 5-9pm on Thursday and Friday, and 9am-3pm on Saturday. Sessions will vary between full group and instrument-specific sessions and students need only attend full ensemble sessions and those applicable to their specific instrument.

For a $10 registration fee, participants will receive a clinic t-shirt (to be worn for their virtual performance video) and access to all performances and masterclasses. Directors may attend all sessions. We will not use the typical nomination/selection process for the 2021 clinic. High school directors may simply register up to 15 students of their choice, with no more than 2 on the same instrument.

The following information will be required for registration: Band director and school name and contact information, student name and email, instrument, grade, home address, typical part assignment, t-shirt size, and All-State/honor band experience, and whether the student is interested in submitting a video for the online masterclass (see below). The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page under How to participate and will open Monday, November 30. Participation is limited to the first 500 registrants. The registration deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of $10* per student is required to participate. *For those paying with credit card, a 2.5% credit card fee has been added. A link to secure payment can be found at the bottom of this page under How to participate.  Fees are due on Friday, January 15, 2021 and checks that are mailed must be received in the Band Office by that date.

 If paying by check, please make checks out to UofSC Bands and mail payment to: UofSC Bands, 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29208

Required Form

Please ask students to download and fill out the Waiver and Media Release form at the bottom of this page under How to participate.  The form must be signed by both student and a parent/guardian, regardless of the student’s age. Completed and signed forms may be returned by email to or mailed to UofSC Bands, 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29208. This form is also due by Friday, January 15, 2021 and if mailed must be postmarked by that date.

Special Master Class Opportunity

Juniors and seniors participating in the 2021 Band Clinic may apply for an opportunity to be featured during a Band Clinic masterclass via Zoom with our UofSC School of Music faculty. Selected students will receive live coaching and feedback during the session. To apply, submit an unedited video of a 5-7 minute solo performance, with or without accompaniment. The submission should demonstrate contrasting styles and may include multiple pieces/movements. Your band director must also submit a recommendation via e-mail to Your masterclass video submission need not be on the same instrument you play for the Band Clinic compilation video.

Video submissions are due at 5pm EST on Monday, January 25. Students will be informed of selection on or before Friday, January 29.


How to participate

Step 1: Register
Step 2: Pay
Step 3: Download waiver form and email it to
Step 4 (optional): Submit video for Master Class

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

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