Awa Franklin and Isabelle Mikell were selected by USC school of music to attend the USC band clinic from Feb 14th-17th.
More than 400 advanced high school wind and percussion students will strike up the band when the University of South Carolina welcomes them for the School of Music's 36th annual USC Band Clinic.
The clinic, created by director of bands James Copenhaver, provides a college-like experience to the music students and allows them to expand their musical knowledge.
Selected students, nominated by their high school band directors, will participate in master classes with USC School of Music faculty and perform under the batons of some of the nation's leading conductors. This year they are very fortunate to have Frank Ticheli as one of the clinicians, a composer of orchestral, choral, chamber, and concert band works. He is a Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California and was the Pacific Symphony's composer in residence from 1991 to 1998, composing numerous works for that orchestra. A number of his works are particularly notable, as they have become standards in concert band repertoire.
The clinic will conclude at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Koger Center for the Arts, with students performing four separate concerts, displaying the techniques and skills learned during the clinic. The concerts, which will last 20 minutes each, are free and open to the public.