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Opportunities for High School Students

The University of South Carolina Bands offer numerous opportunities for high school students to join us on campus, participate in our classes and ensembles, and learn from our current faculty, students, and guest artists/clinicians. 

Special Events

The Mighty Sound Experience: Carolina Band Day 2024 – August 31

Spend a full game day with the Carolina Band, from rehearsal to a halftime performance on the field in Williams-Brice Stadium! Open to all high school students, who may attend as a band or as individual chaperoned students. Register to join us for The Mighty Sound Experience! Registration will be open from July 22 - August 5 and is limited to the first 500 registered students.

Future Band Director Academy

This one-day, immersive experience for juniors and seniors gives attendees the chance to attend music education classes with current USC students, play in a USC band rehearsal, and connect with current band directors and USC faculty. Each session runs from 9:30am-3:30pm. 2023-24 dates include September 14 and November 9 for seniors and January 25 and April 4 for juniors. 

Interested students can apply HERE.

Students’ directors must also submit a nomination form, found HERE.

Students will be notified of acceptance as space is available, on an ongoing basis. For questions, e-mail Blake Fowler.

47th Annual USC Band Clinic – February 13-16, 2025

The 47th annual Band Clinic provides opportunities for 10th-12th graders to perform in concert band, jazz band, and chamber ensembles, as well as take part in masterclasses with our faculty. Invitation is by band director nomination. Click for details.

Carolina Band Spring Experience at the Garnet & Black Spring Game – April 20

Join the Carolina Band this April! Rehearse with the band and play in the stands during the game while experiencing the excitement of Gamecock football! Open to 10th-12th graders. Registration closes April 1.

Summer Clinics

The Carolina Band has several clinics available to high schoolers of different ages. If you plan on leading, playing, or spinning with your high school band or group, you can find yourself here this summer! Click for more information on our colorguard, drumline and drum major clinics. Registration opens in April.

New this year is Gamecock Music Camp, designed for rising 7th-12th grade students! Students have the opportunity to learn from our USC Music faculty and partake in fun extracurricular activities led by faculty and staff.

Arrange a Visit!

Contact the USC Bands office to visit us anytime, during the school year or the summer. You can meet with the directors and current students, and even attend a class or rehearsal.


For more information about programs offered for high school students by the USC Bands, call us at (803) 777-4278 or email us.

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