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34th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 20-22, 2014

Dr. David Ragsdale, Guest Conductor
Ms. Sue Alexander, Guest Conductor
Mr. Joe Meshach, Guest Conductor

Lorrie Crochet, Winthrop University Director of Bands & Invitational Clinic Coordinator
Doug Presley, Winthrop University Assistant Director of Bands
Katie Kilroy, AJ Pace, and Damon Postle - Winthrop Graduate Assistants


You are cordially invited to recommend students for participation in the 34th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic on Thursday - Saturday, November 20-22, 2014.  Due to increased popularity and demand, please note the clinic will begin on Thursday night.  This year’s clinicians are Dr. David Ragsdale, Music Department Chair, Director of Bands, and Associate Professor of Music, University of Alabama in Huntsville and Ms. Sue Alexander and Mr. Joe Meshach who both recently retired after distinguished careers of teaching band 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 at the 34th Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic website.  We will be utilizing online nomination this year.  Please access this site until Friday October 3, 2014 at which point nominations will close.  Directors will be notified of decisions regarding student selection during the week of October 13.  If you have any problems with the online form, please contact us.  When submitting more than one nomination form, directors should rank the students (1 - ?) in the box found on the form.  Please join us for this exciting and rewarding musical experience.


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.


Directors are provided access to rehearsals and master classes, as well as 'For Directors Only Clinics' with Dr. David Ragsdale.  Additionally, plan to attend the concert given by the Winthrop University Wind Symphony on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m.


Thursday, November 20, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Winthrop University Department of Music, 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.

Winthrop University Scholarship Auditions:
Scholarship auditions will be held on Saturday, November 22 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 Department of Music office at 803-323-2255 no later than Friday, November 7 to arrange an audition time.

The culminating activity for students, directors, and the public will be a free concert on Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 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 20 at 4:30 p.m.

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