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35th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 19-21, 2015

Lorrie Crochet, Winthrop University Director of Bands & Invitational Clinic Coordinator
Doug Presley, Winthrop University Assistant Director of Bands
Kyle Bruenning, Emily Eakes, and Jennifer Hotz - Graduate Assistants


You are cordially invited to recommend students for participation in the 35th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic on November 19-21, 2015. Please note the clinic schedule changes (*). This year’s clinicians are:

Glen Adsit
Director of Bands and Orchestras
The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut

Scott Clowes
Distinguished career of teaching band at
East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina

Scott Rush
Director of Fine and Performing Arts
Dorchester Two School District in South Carolina.

You and your students will not want to miss this opportunity!

Three bands of select high school performers will be assembled as the clinic performance ensembles. Please view all event details and student nomination information below. We will be utilizing online nomination. Please access this site until Friday, October 2, 2015 at which point nominations will close. Directors will be notified of decisions regarding student selection during the week of October 12. When filling out the Nomination Form, please place your BEST musician first, your second best musician second, and so on. If you have any problems with the online form, please contact us. 


Two and a half days of activities will take place for participating students, including part and chair auditions, IBC Opening Ceremony (this is an event where participating students will receive their schedule and all important information regarding the remainder of the clinic), full ensemble rehearsals with expert clinicians, master classes with Winthrop University faculty, performances by Winthrop University ensembles, scholarship auditions for those interested, and performances by the clinic bands. NOTE: Students should apply only if they can fulfill the responsibilities of the entire Invitational Clinic, including audition, opening ceremony, rehearsals, and concerts. Students will not be excused for activities outside of the clinic. The Invitational Band Clinic is free and requires band director nomination (see above). All participating seniors will be provided a lunch, courtesy of the Winthrop University Department of Music, on Friday, November 20. 


A Directors Track will be offered for one hour (1.00) of graduate credit during the clinic. Within the Track, session topics will include: rehearsal strategies, score study tips, programming concepts, and assessment strategies for the band director. Additionally, all three IBC guest clinicians will provide a session to the Directors Track participants. The Directors Track schedule also mirrors that of the students, making it easy for director to participate. The Directors Track graduate credit is provided at a substantially reduced rate of $70. To receive credit, directors are to be in attendance for all sessions of the track. If you have questions about registering for this Track, please contact Doug Presley (


*Dates / Times:     
Thursday, November 19, 4:00p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Winthrop University Department of Music
Conservatory of Music (#22 on the campus map)
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29733

Each student will be auditioned for chair and part placement by the Winthrop University faculty. Students are to prepare a short etude or an excerpt from a solo. Sight-reading and scales may be a part of the audition. Percussionists will sight read only and should be prepared to play timpani, mallets, and snare drum.

There is no fee to participate in the band clinic. Directors will need to make housing arrangements for themselves and their students. A partial list of Rock Hill hotels will be sent after students have been selected.

Meals are available for purchase on campus and within walking distance from campus. Invitational Band Clinic seniors are provided a free lunch on Friday, November 20.

Scholarship auditions:
Scholarship auditions will be held on Saturday, November 21 by the Department of Music faculty. Students should prepare for performance two substantial excerpts showing a variety of musical abilities and expression. This audition will serve as a part of the student’s entrance process to Winthrop University. Students should contact the Winthrop University music office at 803-323-2255 no later than Friday, November 6 to arrange an audition time.         

Concert:  The culminating activity for students, directors, and the public will be a FREE concert on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. on the Winthrop University campus.

Concert dress: 
School concert band uniform.

We hope you and your fine students will participate in the clinic.  Should you have any questions prior to your arrival, please contact one of us via e-mail or telephone.  We’re looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Lorrie Crochet                  Doug Presley
803-323-4610                   803-323-4612