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School of Music

Carolina Band

Carolina Band

Steeped in rich tradition, the 365-member Carolina Band, the University of South Carolina’s marching band, is one of the nation’s premier college bands.

Interested in joining the marching band?

Here's how in four easy steps:

1. Fill out the Student Profile form.
2. Woodwind and Brass Players: Submit your video link for screening audition. Review of videos begins April 8, 2018, and notification of admission begins April 15, 2018. We will continue to review submissions throughout the spring and summer, and auditions will continue to be accepted as space permits.
Drumline, Colorguard, Coquettes: See specific web pages for audition information.
3. Watch for your member packet that will be mailed to you in July. Complete and return all the required forms by July 13, 2018.
4. All new marching band members, drumline and auxiliaries report for pre-season Band Camp on Monday, August 13, 2018.

New member audition instructions here.

Who we are

Founded in 1920 as a student-led group of approximately 20 students, the Carolina Band has grown to number more than 350 students representing over 65 academic majors and 22 states. Students in the Carolina Band represent nearly every college and school on the USC Columbia campus, with numerous Honors College students and Capstone Scholars. As the band marches toward the centennial of its founding, it continues to entertain fans, serve the university and community, and provide students with an outlet to represent the very best of what the University of South Carolina has to offer.

What we do

The Carolina Band performs for home football games at Williams-Brice Stadium and at all away games. Performing regularly for millions on national television, recent highlights include appearances at the 2013 Outback Bowl, 2014 Capital One Bowl, and 2014 Independence Bowl. In fall 2015 the band was invited to perform as the halftime entertainment for a Carolina Panthers NFL game in Charlotte, NC.

“The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” performs powerful, exciting and entertaining music designed to reach a wide-ranging audience. The band’s traditional pregame show and varied halftime shows highlight all genres of music, from traditional school songs to pop music, including rock, jazz and music from movies and television.

Students in the Carolina Band participate in a pre-season camp and rehearse Tuesday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Copenhaver Band Hall (326 Sumter St.), a new $10 million state-of-the-art rehearsal facility.

Scholarships and out-of-state tuition reduction

Each member of the Carolina Band receives a $400 scholarship for participation. In addition, all out-of-state full-time Carolina Band students who are not already receiving a tuition reduction from other scholarships or sources on campus will receive a tuition reduction for the fall and spring semesters of the 2017-2018 academic year. Based on the 2016-2017 tuition rates, this waiver reduces out-of-state tuition from $14,520 per semester and $29,040 per year to $7,992 per semester and $15,984 per year. That’s a savings of more than $13,000 for out-of-state students marching in the Carolina Band. Scholarship awards are subject to the policies of the University Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee. Minimum academic requirements apply.


New woodwind and brass players interested in joining the Carolina Band must submit a prescreening audition video. Review of videos begins April 8, 2018, and notification of admission begins April 15, 2018. Submissions continue to be reviewed throughout the spring and summer, and auditions continue to be accepted as space permits. On-campus auditions are held in April for the Drumline, Colorguard and Coquettes. When openings occur, auditions are also held for Feature Twirlers.

For questions about the Carolina Band, contact the USC Band Office at 803-777-4278 or

Carolina Band Auxiliaries

Feature Twirlers

Member's Area

Access Carolina Band Member's Area here.