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College of Visual and Performing Arts


33rd Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic

Final Director Information

Friday and Saturday, November 22 & 23, 2013
Dr. Catherine Rand, Guest Conductor
John Mode, Guest Conductor
Larry Wells, Guest Conductor

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

You are cordially invited to recommend students for participation in the 33rd Annual Winthrop University Invitational Band Clinic. Dr. Catherine Rand, Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music, Southern Mississippi University, Mr. John Mode, retired after many successful years in Shelby and Hickory, North Carolina, and Mr. Larry Wells, Interim Assistant Director of Bands at Winthrop University and retired after 18 successful years at Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, South Carolina will be clinicians for this event. 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. A copy of the enclosed application form should be completed by the student instrumentalist and the director, and returned via US Postal Service or email as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, October 4, 2013. Please duplicate the application form as needed. When sending several applications, directors should rank the students (1 - ?) in the box found at the upper right hand corner on the application form. Directors will be notified of decisions regarding student participation during the week of October 14. Please join us for this exciting musical experience.

Online Registration

Student Registration Form (PDF 86 KB)

Two full days of activities will take place for participating students, including part and chair auditions, full ensemble rehearsals, master classes with Winthrop University faculty, performances by Winthrop University ensembles, scholarship auditions for those interested, and performances by the clinic ensembles. NOTE: Students should apply only if they can fulfill the responsibilities of the entire Invitational Clinic, including audition, rehearsals, and concerts. Students will not be excused for activities outside of the clinic. Encourage string bass and contra bass clarinet players to apply.

Directors will not want to miss the opportunity to attend clinics given by Dr. Catherine Rand and Winthrop University faculty. In addition, you will want to attend the open rehearsals of the Invitational Clinic bands and the concert given by the Winthrop University Wind Symphony Friday evening at 8:00 p.m.

The culminating activity for students, directors, and the public will be a FREE concert on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Byrnes Auditorium on the Winthrop University campus.


Friday, November 22, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 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 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 motels will be sent after students have been selected.

Available on campus and within walking distance from campus.

Scholarship Auditions:
Students should prepare two substantial excerpts showing a variety of musical abilities and expression. Students should contact the Winthrop University music office at 803-323-2255 no later than Friday, November 1 to arrange an audition time.

The culminating activity for students, directors, and the public will be a FREE concert on Saturday evening 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 November 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Lorrie Crochet                            AJ Pace                                   Damon Postle
803-323-4610                            803-323-4613                          803-323-4613