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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.

Featured Ensemble Application Information

The 2019 USC Band Clinic will feature performances by two high school bands at the Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Ensembles interested in applying should email the materials listed below to by July 1, 2018. 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 USC Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, February 15 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 sites of live concert band recordings from the 2017-18 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 2018.

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