USC’s multifaceted percussion program requires students to participate in the various
band and ensemble opportunities on campus. Performance opportunities include the Carolina
Marching Band, three concert bands, the USC Symphony Orchestra, Southern Exposure
New Music Series, USC Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Players and the Palmetto Pans
Steel Band. Each year, USC hosts the South Carolina Day of Percussion.
Past guest artists have included Michael Burritt (Eastman School of Music), Mark Ford
(University of North Texas), Sympatico Percussion Group, Meehan-Perkins Duo, Steven
Schick (UCSD), Jeffrey Moore (Central Florida) and Andy Harnsberger (Lee University).
2014 South Carolina Day of Percussion
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Copenhaver Band Hall, 324 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
The South Carolina Day of Percussion is a full day of clinics, master classes, concerts
and educational sessions. Guests artists this year include Nathan Daughtrey, Chris
Lee, Scott Herring, Gordon Hicken, Paul Buyer, Chris Davis, and Mike Greer. The day's
events include a high school percussion ensemble festival, a marching drumline clinic,
the S.C. Collegiate Honor Percussion Ensemble and a Mass Steel Band. $10 for non-PAS
members and $5 for PAS members.
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
Gordon Hicken recently served as the principal percussionist with Sinfonia Gulf Coast
in Destin, Florida, and has performed in the percussion sections of the Tallahassee
Symphony Orchestra, the Carolina Pops Orchestra and the Toccoa Symphony Orchestra.
Active as a teacher, adjudicator and clinician, Hicken arranges music for marching
and concert percussion ensembles throughout the Southeast.
Drummer Marc Widenhofer is an active performer and educator. He has earned the reputation
as a versatile drummer, having performed with many jazz, pop, rock and country bands
throughout the Midwest and the greater Denver area. Widenhofer performs regularly
in Columbia, SC with the Bert Ligon Trio, Think Jazz Orchestra and many other local
artists. Widenhofer is a member of the Jazz Education Network and Percussive Arts