Invitational Band Clinic

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 16-18, 2023


David Biedenbender, Guest Conductor

Jerry Lowe, Guest Conductor

Lorrie Crochet, Winthrop University Director of Bands
Niya Aldridge and Maggie O’Toole, Graduate Assistants



Two bands of high school performers will be assembled as the clinic performance ensembles. Students will be selected from a list of director nominations. Directors will submit each student individually, beginning with their BEST musician, then submit their NEXT best musician, and so on. Click here to access the Nomination Form.

Please access this site until Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at which point nominations will close. Directors will be notified of decisions regarding student selection during the week of October 9. If you have any problems with the online form, please contact us. To access the online Nomination Form CLICK HERE. 



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.



Guest conductors will provide professional development sessions during the clinic. These sessions are designed for, and are open to, all band directors.




Thursday, November 16, 4 p.m.- 10 p.m. (Auditions and Opening Ceremonies, Concert by WU Wind Symphony)

Friday, November 17, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Band rehearsals, Masterclasses)

Saturday, November 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Band rehearsals and Invitational Bands CONCERT)

Conservatory of Music at Winthrop University, 129, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Here is the CAMPUS MAP

Parking passes will be given out free of charge at the WU IBC Opening Ceremony. 

-Map of parking areas around campus


IBC Seating 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.


Opening Ceremony               
Clinic Informational meeting for ALL participants and Directors in McBryde Hall following band auditions.


Directors will need to make housing arrangements for themselves and their students. Band directors are responsible for securing and supervising student lodging. 


Available on campus and within walking distance from campus. 


Winthrop University Scholarship & Entrance Auditions           

Will be held on Saturday morning, November 18. Interested Seniors are to fill out an application and read the audition requirements no later than Thursday, November 9 to arrange an audition time. Use this link:



The culminating activity for students, directors, and the public will be a FREE concert on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education, and Wellness Center on the Winthrop University campus.


Concert Dress                     
School concert band uniform.


Please reach out to Lorrie Crochet  for more information.