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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 11–14, 2021


How to Participate

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 goes up in October 2020.

Band directors need the following information from their students to complete the nomination form:
•    Name
•    Grade
•    Instrument
•    Parent email address
•    Clinic housing preference
•    Previous Band Clinic participation

For every school that nominates students, the top woodwind student and the top brass student will be selected to participate. Students may only be nominated for one instrument. Any others are selected on a space-available basis, and selections are based on the ranked order and information submitted by the band directors. Selections and invitations are sent out via email not later than January 2021.

Band Clinic Schedule Overview

Students arrive on the UofSC campus on Thursday afternoon, February 11, to register and audition for ensemble/chair placement. Selected students receive audition information in their acceptance materials. In the evening, students enjoy a concert featuring the Left Bank Jazz Band, the UofSC 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 the UofSC School of Music applied music faculty. Concerts on Friday feature the UofSC Symphonic Winds and the UofSC Wind Ensemble.

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

The student schedule for the 2020 UofSC Band Clinic can be found here.

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

Audition Repertoire

The audition consists of major scales, a chromatic scale (played the full range of your instrument), sight reading and audition excerpts. Audition excerpts for each instrument can be found here.

*Note: All percussion participants are required to audition on all applicable percussion instruments. Percussion participants are not required to play sight-reading and scales.


Students have the option to stay at home and commute to the clinic or can be housed and chaperoned by UofSC staff. Housing will be at the Hilton Columbia Center at 924 Senate Street – a block from the UofSC 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 UofSC to serve as chaperones for the event. If you would like a list of other area hotels, please contact the Band Office.


Registration fee: $100 per student
Housing fee: $130 per student in addition to registration fee

Guest Clinicians

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.

Featured Ensemble Information

The 2021 UofSC Band Clinic will feature performances by two high school bands at the Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Ensembles interested in applying should email the materials listed below to by July 1, 2020. Applicants will receive confirmation that your application has been received within 48 hours.
1.  A letter of application (PDF) stating the band's interest in performing at the event as well as detailing recent accomplishments of the band program and conductor. The letter must also state that, if accepted to perform, the director and the students of the performing ensemble will attend the UofSC Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, February 12, at 7:30 pm in the Koger Center for the Arts. Attending this concert is a condition of accepting an invitation to perform.
2.  Links to Dropbox or other file sharing site of live concert band recordings from the 2018-19 AND/OR 2019-20 academic year. Musical selections must be limited to a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 minutes in total duration. Recordings must be unedited and have no identifying features such as emcee announcements, etc.

Performance applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of outstanding wind band conductors, and ensembles will be notified by the end of July 2020. Ensembles from a high school which performed as a guest band at the UofSC Band Clinic in 2020, 2019, 2018 or 2017 may not apply.

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

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