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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.

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.


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.

39th Annual USC Band Clinic

February 9 – 12, 2017
Nomination deadline: December 1, 2016

Students nominated and then selected to participate in the 39th Annual USC Band Clinic have the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s leading conductors and educators throughout the weekend. 2017 USC Band Clinic Information Packet

2017 USC Band Clinic Conductors:
David Aydelott, director of bands, Franklin High School (TN)
Scott A. Jones, assistant director of bands, Ohio State University
Alex Kaminsky, director of bands, Stoneman Douglas High School (FL)
Michael Luley, director of bands, Lake Braddock High School (VA)

2017 USC Band Clinic Feature Performances:
USC Wind Ensemble (Scott Weiss, conductor)
USC Symphonic Winds (Cormac Cannon, conductor)
Palmetto Concert Band  (Scott Weiss, conductor)

Featured Performance Ensembles
Saturday, February 11, 1:00 p.m.

Blythewood High School Wind Symphony - Blythewood, SC - James Barnes, conductor
Wando High School Symphonic Band - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Bobby Lambert, conductor

For more information, contact the USC Band office at 803-777-9151 or