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Drum Major Clinic

USC Summer Drum Major Clinic

Summer Drum Major Clinic is designed for high school students interested in learning the skills essential to becoming an effective high school drum major.

Designed as a nonresidential day-camp, participants spend three full days in instruction and leadership classes, with an emphasis on developing fundamentals and advanced field conducting techniques. The clinic culminates in an Exhibition to which families and friends are invited to attend.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Guest Clinician – “Leadership Session”

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.

Cost: $99 per person (lodging not included)
Location: Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208

2016 Drum Major Clinic Dates

Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Deadline to register: Friday, June 3

Clinic Instructional Staff

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Jayme Taylor

James W. Taylor is assistant director of bands at USC. His duties include drill design and working with the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Marching Band, directing basketball bands, conducting the University Band, and teaching courses in the music education curriculum. He holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Taylor has several years experience teaching in the public schools of East Tennessee as both a middle and high school band director. Mr. Taylor's other teaching experiences include brass instruction for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois, three years with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming, and he is an alumnus of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio.

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Stephen Meyer

Under Stephen Meyer direction, the Clear Creek Wind Ensemble was a featured performer at the 2013 Midwest Clinic and has twice been named a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors Project, a runner-up for the 2013 American Prize in Wind Ensemble Performance, and the Grand Champion of the 2013 Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational. He previously taught at Harrison High School in Cobb County, Georgia, where he assisted with performances at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the University of Georgia January Festival. As co-director of the Marching Band, the band was a consistent Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Finalist, a Bands of America Grand National Finalist in 2007, and a featured ensemble in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mr. Meyer was USC's interim assistant director of bands for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Ben Pouncey

Ben Pouncey is director of bands at Dubose Middle School, Summerville, S.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina in December of 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, Ben 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 Ben 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, Ben 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. 


 For more information:, 803-777-4278