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Each February hundreds of talented high school band students from throughout the nation converge on the University of South Carolina campus to participate in a weekend of music-making and learning. Founded in 1976 by James K. Copenhaver, the USC Band Clinic is among the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious honor band events.

2023 USC Band Clinic
February 9–12, 2023

 

Ensembles

Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to participate in the USC Band Clinic. To be selected to participate in one of the concert bands, students must first be nominated by their high school or home school band director. Band directors must use the online form to nominate concert band students and/or submit audition videos for jazz band and honors chamber ensemble students. The link to the online form will go live in November. Forms are due by Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. At this point, the link will become inactive, and late submissions will not be accepted.

 

Band Directors will need the following information from their students to complete the form:

•    Name
•    Grade
•    Instrument
•    Parent email address
•    Previous Band Clinic participation
•    Other playing experience
•    Unlisted YouTube link to audition video for Jazz Band or Honors Chamber Ensemble students

For every school that nominates students, the top woodwind student and the top brass student will be selected to participate. Students may only be nominated for one instrument. Any others will be selected on a space-available basis, and selections will be based on the ranked order and information submitted by the band directors. Selections and invitations will be sent out via email not later than Friday, January 6, 2023.

Students invited will receive an invitation via the parent’s email address provided with their nomination. The invitation will include a link to register for the clinic. Registration is only accepted online and will be due on Friday, January 20, 2023. Payment is due in full and must be submitted online or postmarked by January 20, 2023.

Concert band students (those not participating in an honors chamber ensemble) will arrive on the USC campus on Friday, February 10 in the early morning to register, learn their band placement and begin rehearsals. 

That afternoon, students will participate in masterclasses with the USC School of Music applied music faculty. Concerts on Friday will feature the USC Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Left Bank Big Band and Percussion Ensemble.

Rehearsals continue on Saturday, and concerts will include the guest bands and the Palmetto Concert Band.

Students will have final rehearsals and dress rehearsals on Sunday, culminating with the finale concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts.

*Note: Additional information will be sent out via email on February 6, 2023.

*Note: Students electing to participate must be present at all events throughout the weekend. Students with conflicts during the weekend should not register. Students who miss a required event will not be allowed to continue participation throughout the weekend. Teaching Fellow Candidates are encouraged to reschedule their interview if there are conflicts.

2023 Band Clinic excerpts are TBA.

Concert band students will be provided a link to music for a chair placement audition. Students will submit their concert band chair placement audition via video on or before Tuesday, February 7 at 5 p.m. EST. Auditions include four major scales (C, Eb, E, Ab - transposed for their respectived instruments), a chromatic scale played the practical range of their instrument, and audition excerpt(s). You must record all materials in one take. A phone video with audio will suffice for these auditions.

Excerpts from the 2022 Band Clinic chair placement auditions can be found below.

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Trumpet
Horn
Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion

*Note: All percussion participants are required to audition on all applicable percussion instruments.

 

Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to participate in the USC Band Clinic. To be selected to participate in the jazz band, students must create an audition video that must be submitted by their high school or home school band director. Band directors must use the online form to submit audition videos for jazz band and honors chamber ensemble students and/or nominate concert band students. The link to the online form will go live in November. Forms are due by Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. At this point, the link will become inactive, and late submissions will not be accepted.

Band Directors will need the following information from their students to complete the form:

•    Name
•    Grade
•    Instrument
•    Parent email address
•    Previous Band Clinic participation
•    Other playing experience
•    Unlisted YouTube link to audition video for Jazz Band or Honors Chamber Ensemble students

Students who are only interested in auditioning for jazz band should be ranked at the bottom of your nomination list, as only their audition video will be considered when making invitation decisions. 

Selections and invitations will be sent out via email not later than Friday, January 6, 2023. Students invited will receive an invitation via the parent’s email address provided with their audition video submission. The invitation will include a link to register for the clinic. Registration is only accepted online and will be due on Friday, January 20, 2023. Payment is due in full and must be submitted online or postmarked by January 20, 2023.

Jazz band students will arrive on the USC campus on Friday, February 10 in the early morning to register and begin rehearsals. 

That afternoon students will participate in masterclasses with the USC School of Music applied music faculty. Concerts on Friday will feature the USC Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

Rehearsals continue on Saturday, and concerts will include the guest bands and the Palmetto Concert Band.

Students will have final rehearsals and dress rehearsals on Sunday, culminating with the finale concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts.

*Note: Additional information will be sent out via email on February 6, 2023.

*Note: Students electing to participate must be present at all events throughout the weekend. Students with conflicts during the weekend should not register. Students who miss a required event will not be allowed to continue participation throughout the weekend. Teaching Fellow Candidates are encouraged to reschedule their interview if there are conflicts.

Audition excerpts for the 2023 Jazz Band Clinic are available.

Students that wish to be considered for a solo chair should also submit two choruses (24 measures total) of improvisation on either a Bb or F blues of their choice.

*Note: Those trumpeters that wish to be considered for lead trumpet should include BOTH the lead and section etude.

Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (Lead) (Section)
Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
Electric Guitar
Piano
String Bass
Drum Set


 

Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to participate in the USC Band Clinic. Honors chamber ensemble students will participate in the concert band division of Band Clinic in addition their chamber ensemble. To be selected for an honors chamber ensemble, students must create an audition video that must be submitted by their high school or home school band director along with their concert band nomination. Band directors must use the online form to submit audition videos for chamber ensemble and jazz band students and/or nominate concert band students. The link to the online form will go live in November. Forms are due by Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST. At this point, the link will become inactive, and late submissions will not be accepted.

The following chamber ensembles are available:

Woodwind Quintet
Saxophone Quartet
Trombone Quartet
Percussion Ensemble

Band Directors will need the following information from their students to complete the form:

•    Name
•    Grade
•    Instrument
•    Parent email address
•    Previous Band Clinic participation
•    Other playing experience
•    Unlisted YouTube link to audition video for Jazz Band or Honors Chamber Ensemble students

Selections and invitations will be sent out via email not later than Friday, January 6, 2023. Students invited will receive an invitation via the parent’s email address provided with their audition video submission. The invitation will include a link to register for the clinic. Registration is only accepted online and will be due on Friday, January 20, 2023. Payment is due in full and must be submitted online or postmarked by January 20, 2023.

Honors chamber ensemble students will arrive on the USC campus on Thursday, February 9 at 5 p.m. to register and begin their first chamber rehearsal. 

The following morning, students will arrive to learn their concert band placement and begin their first band rehearsal. That afternoon, students will participate in a masterclass with their applied USC School of Music faculty member. Students will then attend another chamber ensemble rehearsal and join their respective bands later that afternoon. Concerts on Friday will feature the USC Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

Rehearsals continue on Saturday, and concerts will include the guest bands and the Palmetto Concert Band.

Those participating in Band Clinic honors ensembles will perform with their chamber group on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts prior to the Palmetto Concert Band performance. Students will then have their concert band dress rehearsals on Sunday, culminating with the finale concert on Sunday at  2 p.m.

*Note: Additional information will be sent out via email on February 6, 2023.

*Note: Students electing to participate must be present at all events throughout the weekend. Students with conflicts during the weekend should not register. Students who miss a required event will not be allowed to continue participation throughout the weekend. Teaching Fellow Candidates are encouraged to reschedule their interview if there are conflicts.

2023 Honors Chamber Ensemble audition repertoire is available.

Applicants must perform all applicable excerpts for the audition. You may record the excerpts in separate takes. Audio/Video from a phone will suffice for these auditions.

*Note: Those selected for honors chamber ensembles will still be required to submit chair placement auditions for concert band in February.

*Note: All percussion participants are required to audition on all applicable percussion instruments. Percussion participants are not required to play sight-reading.

The registration fee for the 2023 USC Band Clinic is $100.00*

Due to policy changes brought about by COVID, high school band directors will be responsible for arranging housing for and supervising students. A list of available hotels will be provided by the Band Office.

*non-refundable

Honor Band

Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner
Dean, Faculty of Music
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Symphonic Bands

Travis Coakley
Director of Fine Arts / Director of Bands
Biloxi Public School District
Biloxi, MS

Jeffrey Rowser
Director of Bands
Morgan County High School
Madison, GA

Dr. Jay Jacobs
Associate Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands
University of South Carolina

Jazz Band

Dr. Matt White
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
University of South Carolina

Dr. Colleen Clark
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
University of South Carolina

We are honored to welcome the following ensembles, selected through a blind evaluation process, to perform at the 45th Annual USC Band Clinic:

Cass High School Wind Ensemble, White, GA
Samuel Iddings, conductor

Dutch Fork High School Symphonic Winds, Irmo, SC
Jeremy Ley, conductor

COVID Restrictions 
We highly encourage all individuals wear a mask whenever indoors and in large groups. USC Bands will notify participants if there are any changes.


For more information or questions, contact the USC Band office at 803-777-4278 or uscbands@mozart.sc.edu.


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