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USC Summer Drum Major Clinic & Leadership Academy

This intensive 3-day clinic is intended for rising 10th–12th grade students who will either serve as their band's drum major or other student leader in the fall.

The USC Summer Drum Major Clinic and Leadership Academy provides high school leaders with two tracks: Drum Major and Leadership. The Drum Major track will focus on conducting fundamentals, technique, and musicality while the Leadership Track will include sessions on motivation, conflict resolution, and music and marching instruction.  While both groups receive group instruction on basic conducting and leadership skills, small breakout sessions allow the tracks to delve into intensive training equipping students to successfully lead their high school marching bands. The clinic culminates in an exhibition for which families and friends are invited.

2019 Drum Major Clinic Dates

Thursday, June 20 – Saturday, June 22
Location: Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Lodging: Lodging is available at area hotels. Contact the USC Band Office for recommendations.

For more information:, 803-777-4278.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Guest Leadership Clinician

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.

Clinic Instructional Staff

Cormac Cannon

Cormac Cannon

Cormac Cannon is associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at the University of South Carolina, where he guides all aspects of the athletic band program including directing the 350-member “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” USC Marching Band. He also conducts the Symphonic Winds and teaches undergraduate conducting. Cannon joins the USC faculty following six years on the music faculty at Michigan State University, where he was Associate Director of Athletic Bands, conducted the Concert Band and Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, and taught courses in conducting and music education.

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Tonya Mitchell

Tonya Mitchell is the assistant director of bands and assistant director of athletic bands at the University of South Carolina where she assists with the Carolina Band, directs the women’s basketball band, and conducts the University Bands. Mitchell also teaches classes in the music education department. Prior to her appointment at USC, Mitchell served as interim Director of Athletic Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, where she directed the Blazin’ Brigade marching band, men’s and women’s basketball band, and conducted the concert band.

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Ben Pouncey

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