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Drum Major Clinic

USC Summer Drum Major Clinic & Leadership Academy

This intensive three-day clinic is designed for 10th thru 12th-grade high school drum majors interested in strengthening the skills essential to becoming an effective drum major.

The USC Summer Drum Major Clinic & Leadership Academy provides high school drum majors three days of intensive instruction in basic conducting technique, score study, advanced musicianship, tempo control and vocal commands. The experienced staff devotes a significant portion of the instructional time to developing leadership techniques and equipping drum majors to successfully lead their high school marching bands. The clinic culminates in an exhibition to which families and friends are invited.

2018 Drum Major Clinic Dates

Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23
Clinic information and on-line registration will be available March 15.
Location: Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Lodging: Lodging is available at area hotels. Contact the USC Band Office for recommendations.
For more information:, 803-777-4278.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Guest Leadership Clinician

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser’s career involves 10 years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri and New Mexico State University. Dr. Tim has a long tradition at USC summer camps and is the industry’s leading motivational speaker, focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training.

Clinic Instructional Staff

Cormac Cannon

Cormac Cannon

Cormac Cannon is associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at the University of South Carolina, where he guides all aspects of the athletic band program including directing the 350-member “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” USC Marching Band. He also conducts the Symphonic Winds and teaches undergraduate conducting. Cannon joins the USC faculty following six years on the music faculty at Michigan State University, where he was Associate Director of Athletic Bands, conducted the Concert Band and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, and taught courses in conducting and music education.

Ben Pouncey photo

Ben Pouncey

Ben Pouncey is director of bands at Dubose Middle School, Summerville, SC. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in December 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in music education. While attending the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the USC Wind Ensemble, the Left Bank Big Band, and served as a trumpet section leader as well as a senior assistant with the University of South Carolina Marching Band. An alumnus of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Pouncey served as the corps’ drum major from 2009-2011 after having been a member of the trumpet section from 2007-2008. He was the recipient of the 2011 Jim Jones Leadership Award presented by Drum Corps International and is currently a member of The Cadets’ instructional staff. He also has served as a clinician for the Drum Corps International Drum Major Leadership Seminar held each year for DCI drum majors from across the nation. A native of Columbia, SC, Pouncey has held instructional positions at the middle school and high school levels, teaching instrumental master classes and conducting drum major leadership clinics with students across South Carolina, as well as Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.