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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.

2022 UofSC Band Clinic

February 10–13, 2022


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 will go live in November. 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

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 will be selected on a space-available basis, and selections will be based on the ranked order and information submitted by the band directors. Selections and invitations will be sent out via email not later than Friday, January 7, 2022.

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.

Band Clinic Schedule Overview

Students will arrive on the UofSC campus on Thursday, February 10 in the afternoon to register and audition for ensemble/chair placement. Students selected will receive audition information in their acceptance materials. Later that evening, students will 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 will participate in masterclasses with the UofSC School of Music applied music faculty. Concerts on Friday will 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 will have final rehearsals and dress rehearsals on Sunday, culminating with the final concert on Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Koger Center for the Arts.

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

*Note: Additional information will be sent out via email on February 17, 2022.

*Note: Students electing to participate must be present at all events throughout the weekend. Students with conflicts during the weekend should not register. Teaching Fellow Candidates are encouraged to reschedule their interview if there are conflicts.

Audition Repertoire

The audition consists of major scales, a chromatic scale (played the full range of your instrument), sight reading and audition excerpts. Excerpt examples from the 2020 UofSC Band Clinic are available for viewing. 

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


Registration fee: $100 per student

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.

Guest Ensembles

The 2022 UofSC Band Clinic will feature performances by two high school bands at the Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Ensembles interested in applying should email the materials listed below to by July 1, 2022. 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 11 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 2019-20 and/or 2020-21 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. Please indicate the date when each selection was recorded.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, only one high school band will be chosen from the 2021 application pool, as one of the chosen ensembles for the 2021 Band Clinic deferred their performance to 2022. Performance applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of outstanding wind band conductors, and ensembles will be notified by the end of July 2021. Ensembles from a high school which performed as as a guest band at the UofSC Band Clinic in 2021, 2020, 2019 or 2018 may not apply.

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

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