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36th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 17-19, 2016

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 36th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic on November 17-19, 2016.  This year’s clinicians are:

Brian Balmages, Guest Conductor
Award-winning Composer, Conductor, Producer, and Performer
Baltimore Maryland

Cecilia Clark, Guest Conductor
Director of Bands, Alatoona High School
Acworth, Ga.

Vince Clayton, Guest Conductor
Distinguished career of teaching band at
Ridge View High School
Columbia, SC

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.  Nomination are now closed for 2016.
We utilized an online nominations process which was available until October 4, 2016. Directors will be notified of decisions regarding student selection during the week of October 17


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 recommendation.  All participating seniors will be provided a lunch, courtesy of the Winthrop University Department of Music, on Friday, November 18, 2016.


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 a director to participate.  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 17, 4:00-9:30 p.m.
                         Friday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
                         Saturday, November 19, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:             Winthrop University Department of Music,
                         Rock Hill, South Carolina 29733
                         (Byrnes Auditorium & Conservatory of Music)

Auditions:         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.

Lodging:           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.

*Food:               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 18.

Scholarship Auditions:     Scholarship auditions will be held on Saturday, November 19 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.

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 November 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

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

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