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All State Band Recording Project

Welcome to the University of South Carolina's All-State Band Recording Project resource page.

2014-15 All-State Etude Recordings and Comments

You can hear recordings of all etudes and percussion fundamentals required for the 2014-15 All-State Band Auditions performed by the world-class faculty of the USC School of Music below. You can also download written performance notes to aid in the preparation of these etudes.

You are encouraged to visit each faculty member's page, which includes their biographical and contact information. You may contact any member of the applied faculty with questions about all-state preparation, your instrument, or about the nationally and internationally recognized University of South Carolina School of Music. 

Please direct general questions and comments about the All-State Recording Project to:
Michael Harley, coordinator, USC All-State Band Recording Project


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Jennifer Parker-Harley


Jennifer Parker-Harley is an active recitalist and prizewinner in several national competitions. She is a frequent performer at the National Flute Association's annual convention and in schools and music series across the country.

Junior Flute
Clinic Flute
Senior Flute

Rebecca Schalk Nagel


Assistant dean, Rebecca Schalk Nagel has performed across the U.S. and in Europe with the Bethlehem Bach Choir and the New York City Opera National Company. As director of Spark: Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory, Nagel explores new ways for students to engage with their communities. For more help with all-state preparation, consider attending the 2015 USC All-State Double Reed Workshop, Sunday afternoon, January 4.  For details and a registration form, please see the Double Reed Workshop link to the right.

Junior Oboe
Clinic Oboe
Senior Oboe

Joseph Eller


Clarinetist Joseph Eller has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has recorded on the Centaur, Vestige, Beauport Classical and Allgood labels.

Junior Clarinet
Clinic Clarinet
Senior Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

Maria Ortiz-Laboy, graduate assistant in clarinet at USC, recorded the bass clarinet etudes.

Junior Bass Clarinet
Clinic Bass Clarinet
Senior Bass Clarinet

Michael Harley


Bassoonist Michael Harley has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on five continents, and was featured at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference in NYC.  He has played world premieres by many of today's most acclaimed composers, and directs USC's award-winning Southern Exposure New Music Series. For more help with all-state preparation, consider attending the 2015 USC All-State Double Reed Workshop, Sunday afternoon, January 4.  For details and a registration form, please see the Double Reed Workshop link to the right.

Junior Bassoon
Clinic Bassoon
Senior Bassoon

Clifforf Leaman


Clifford Leaman is in great demand as a soloist and clinician and has performed and taught worldwide. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Leaman has commissioned and given world premiere performances of numerous works.

Junior Saxophone
Clinic Saxophone
Senior Saxophone

James Ackley


James Ackley is a Yamaha Artist and Clinician, having performed in more than 25 countries with ensembles that include the Moscow State Radio Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and the Bogota Philharmonic, among others. He has numerous recordings to his credit and has been nominated for a Grammy.

Junior Trumpet
Clinic Trumpet
Senior Trumpet

JD Shaw


J.D. Shaw is Associate Professor of Horn at University of South Carolina and was formerly the French hornist with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass where he was creative director, music arranger and co-owner of the ensemble. JD is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States as well as many countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, J.D. has also been a featured performer on National Public Radio's Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show.

Junior Horn
Clinic Horn
Senior Horn

Brad Edwards


Brad Edwards has been a featured trombone soloist with U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force bands. He has performed with Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck. His latest album “Trombone and …” features concert duets with a variety of other instruments.

Junior Trombone/Euph
Clinic Trombone/Euph
Senior Trombone/Euph

Ronald Davis


Ronald Davis is principal tubist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and coordinates USC’s brass teaching division. Davis joined USC’s faculty in 1985 and was a founding member of The Tubadours, the first professional tuba quartet to play at Disneyland.

Junior Tuba
Clinic Tuba
Senior Tuba

Scott Herring


Scott Herring directs the percussion area, Percussion Ensemble and Palmetto Pans Steel Band. He performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was a member of the Northwestern University Graduate Percussion Quartet, which traveled to Germany and London for performances. Herring frequently appears as a guest artist with university percussion ensembles across the U.S. and has presented concerts and clinics at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Junior Snare
Clinic Snare
Senior Snare
Junior Mallets
Clinic Mallets
Senior Mallets
Junior Timpani
Clinic Timpani
Senior Timpani
Junior Rudiments
Clinic Rudiments
Senior Rudiments
Snare Long Roll