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High School Honor Band

Limestone College Department of Music

Limestone College is proud to offer the following FREE music education experience:

The 10th Annual High School Honor Band Clinic
January 26-28, 2017

Clinicians for the 2017 High School Honor Band Clinic are:
Dr. Bradley Ethington, Director of Bands, Syracuse University
Dr. Patrick K. Carney, Director of Bands, Limestone College

Clinicians | What you Receive | Selection Process | Scholarship Competition

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • December 9: Nomination Forms are due 
  • December 16: Band Directors will be notified of selected students
  • January 9: Student Registration forms are due
  • January 26-28: 9th Annual High School Honor Band Clinic

Our Clinicians for 2017:

DR. BRADLEY P. ETHINGTON is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Syracuse University where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble, coordinates the graduate program in wind conducting, and serves as chair of wind and percussion studies.  Dr. Ethington holds bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Biochemistry from the Honors College at Michigan State University, the Master of Music from Baylor University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin.  While at the University of Texas, he served as assistant conductor of the University Wind Ensemble and conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Ethington has published articles in the journals of the College Band Directors National Association and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles on the wind music of W. A. Mozart and Charles Ives and has been a regular contributor to the highly successful educational series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.  Dr. Ethington is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and Past President of the Big East Conference Band Directors Association.  He has appeared as guest conductor at conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the New York State School Music Association, and has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, Western Europe, and Australia.

Dr. Patrick K. Carney

DR. PATRICK K. CARNEY serves as the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Education at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. As Director of Bands, he is the director of the Wind Ensemble, The Marching Saints, iPan (steel pan ensemble) and various chamber ensembles. He teaches conducting and the music education curriculum for all music education majors.

An active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Carney has served in these capacities throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. He has conducted wind bands nationally in California, Florida, Georgia, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia; and internationally in Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

His publications have appeared in Research Perspectives in Music Education, Florida Music Director, The Instrumentalist, and the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. Dr. Carney has presented his research at conferences for College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association, National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), the Florida Music Educators Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association and South Carolina Music Educators Association.


What Honor Band Members Receive:

Selected members for the High School Honor Band Clinic will receive quality instruction, lunch and dinner in the Limestone College Dining Hall, an Honor Band t-shirt, a free concert featuring our special guests, Mr. Eric Henson, Adjunct Professor of Low Brass, and his Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, who recently were invited to perform at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in May 2016, and will perform at SCMEA conference in 2017!


How to be selected for the Honor Band:

Band Directors will nominate their students for the Honor Band program using the form linked below. Please note that the High School Honor Band Clinic is January 26-28, 2017.

Click Here for the Band Director Nomination Form.
Forms are due no later than Friday, December 9, 2016.
Selection information and further details will be sent to directors by Friday, December 16, 2016.


Limestone College Scholarship Competition:

Senior members of the High School Honor Band will also be allowed to participate in a Scholarship Competition during the clinic. The winner will be awarded a $20,000 music scholarship to Limestone College.

To be eligible for the competition, students must:

  1. be a current high school senior
  2. be a participant in the 2017 Limestone College Honor Band Clinic
  3. register as a competitor on their Registration Form prior to arriving at the Clinic
  4. have a solo prepared for the competition. Competitors are to use the state All-State solo or an appropriate, equivalent repertoire selection. No accompaniment will be provided.

Winners will be determined by a combination of scores from:

  • sight-reading scores during chair placements on Thursday evening
  • the faculty scored assessment of the solo performance on Saturday

Questions regarding the Scholarship Competition may be directed to Mrs. Jennifer Carney (, Interim Coordinator.


If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Patrick K. Carney,
Associate Professor of Music Education
Director of Bands
864.488.4508 (office)