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High School Honor Band

The 12th Annual

High School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone College

January 31st - February 2, 2019

In 2008, Limestone College inaugurated the Honor Band Clinic providing a tremendous service for area middle and high school musicians. In 2014, the newly appointed Director of Instrumental Music, Dr. Patrick K. Carney, recognized a demand for a separate reoccurring middle school event which was developed for the Fall to best serve our middle school community.

Separately, the High School Honor Band Clinic continued and developed into its own reoccurring Spring event. Dr. Carney has brought prominent music educators and conductors to the HSHB Clinic, and now in its 5th year, and 12th overall, the HSHB Clinic provides a wonderful musical experience for high school wind and percussionists. By director nomination, the selected participants will rehearse with fantastic guest music educators and conductors.

Dr. Carney would like to recognize the administration at Limestone College, especially Dr. Darrell Parker, President of Limestone College, and Dr. Karen Gainey, Provost, along with Dr. Poovey, Chair of the Department of Music, for understanding, supporting, and believing in this event. By allowing this event to be FREE for all selected participants, our administration acknowledges the value of and need for music education in our great country. Music is one of our Seven Branches of Learning, as forged into the center of campus at Limestone College, and with their continued support, will forever remain one of our most valued programs.

Clinicians | What Participants Receive | How to Nominate | Selected InstrumentationDirector's Information | Chair Placement | Schedule

Our clinicians for the 2019 High School Honor Band Clinic

at Limestone College are:

Dr. Sean P. Murray, Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Patrick K. Carney, Director of Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Music Education at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina

Mr. Joseph Earp, Director of Athletic Bands at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina

DR. SEAN P. MURRAY is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His responsibilities include directing the UAB “Marching Blazers,” University Wind Symphony, teaching undergraduate classes in conducting and music education, and coordinating all aspects of UAB’s comprehensive university bands program. Prior to his appointment at UAB, he was associate director of bands at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Murray is a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, and earned a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from The Florida State University. His primary conducting teachers were James Croft, Patrick Dunnigan and Richard Clary. He also earned his Master of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University College of Music.

Dr. Murray is very active as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator throughout the country. He has presented at numerous national and state conferences. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, and holds honorary memberships in Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. He was appointed to the faculty at UAB in 2017.


What Honor Band Members Receive:

Selected participants for the High School Honor Band Clinic will receive lunch at Stephenson Dining Hall on our campus featuring a wide variety of fresh foods designed to satisfy everyone's appetite. More importantly, selected participants will receive top-quality instruction provided by exceptional visiting clinicians and the opportunity to perform alongside highly talented students from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, all for FREE as provided by the wonderful administration at Limestone College, the Department of Music, and God’s good graces.


How to be selected for the Honor Band:

To be eligible for consideration, student nominees must be:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12
  • Recommended by their Director
  • Available for the entire clinic event; no requested absence will be approved.

Directors will NOMINATE your talented students USING THIS FORM for the 2019 HSHB Clinic. Please be certain that they are eligible for consideration as indicated above.  Nominees must be listed in order of their performance skills, with the strongest player listed first.

There will only be TWO ensembles so it is assumed directors will nominate his/her most capable players. The Limestone College High School Honor Bands Clinic is designed for the more proficient and experienced instrumentalists. We guarantee that we will accept a minimum of two students from every school provided the nomination form includes at least one brass and one woodwind player, and the form is received on or before DECEMBER 1st. Nominations that arrive after DECEMBER 1st will be considered only if there is a need for additional personnel to balance instrumentation. 



How the Honor Band will be constructed:

The High School Honor Band Clinic will be constructed based on the South Carolina All-State Senior Band instrumentation model. There will only be TWO ensembles* with the desired instrumentation being:

  • 12 Flutes
  • 4 Oboes
  • 4 Bassoon
  • 24 Clarinets
  • 4 Bass Clarinets
  • 2 Contra Clarinets
  • 6 Alto Saxophones
  • 2 Tenor Saxophones
  • 1 Bari Saxophone
  • 16 Trumpet
  • 8 Horn
  • 8 Trombone
  • 1 Bass Trombone
  • 4 Euphonium
  • 8 Tuba
  • 2 String Bass (Upright Double-Bass)
  • 7 Percussion
  • 1 Timpani



Director’s Information:

Directors’ activities include observation of rehearsals by our clinicians, concert attendance, and meals on Friday including a breakfast reception sponsored by Roper Music of Spartanburg, lunch at Stephenson Dining Hall. Directors should complete this form for the 2019 HSHB Clinic.

TRANSPORTATION – All selected participants of the High School Honor Band at Limestone College will rehearse and perform at Fullerton Auditorium on the main campus. Participants must be legally eligible to drive themselves, or have someone designated for, the transportation for your selected students during this event. Limestone College cannot provide transportation in any way. The following is the address for Limestone College, along with a link to our campus map.

Chair Placement Instructions:

These chair placement materials are for those students that are selected for the High School Honor Band.  A listing of selected students will be posted and emailed out. Directors will need to guide their students to the appropriate instruction page for their instrument. If a student is selected and chooses not to submit a chair placement video, he or she will be seated at the bottom of their section at the discretion of the Limestone band faculty. Students will need to complete the registration form to register and be considered part of the High School Honor Band.

01-hs_flute_0.pdf 02-hs_oboe_0.pdf 03-hs_bassoon_0.pdf 04-hs_clarinet_0.pdf 05-hs_low_clarinet_0.pdf
06-hs_alto_tenor_and_bari_sax_0.pdf 07-hs_trumpet_0.pdf 08-hs_horn_0.pdf 09-hs_trombone_0.pdf 10-hs_euphonium_b._c.pdf
10.5-hs_bass_trombone.pdf 11-hs_euphonium_t._c.pdf 12-hs_tuba_0.pdf 13-hs_string_bass_0.pdf 14-hs_mallets_0.pdf
15-hs_snare_0.pdf 16-hs_timpani_0.pdf      

Students must submit an unlisted YouTube video or a shared link to a video file in an online storage repository (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.). Be sure to give us access to view the video if you share using a storage repository.  If you need to create a YouTube account, please watch this video:


Due to the winter weather contingency plan by the SC Band Directors Association, we have decided to be proactive with the Limestone College High School Honor Band Clinic.  Our goal is to make sure all students that have signed up are able to participate.  As the SC Band Directors Association is now having All-State Concert Band and Jazz Band Auditions on February 2nd, we have decided to adjust our schedule to allow students to still participate in our event while also being able to audition for All-State that following Saturday.   

Two major adjustments to our schedule are starting one hour earlier on Thursday and moving the concert to Friday evening.  If you are coming from a longer distance, please work with us and leave in plenty of time to be on time Thursday.  We will start on time and need that extra hour of rehearsal.  Check-in will now be at 5 p.m.


What's happening?
5 PM
      Fullerton Auditorium (Main Campus)
Check-in will occur in the lobby of the auditorium, after checking in, please take a seat in the auditorium for the orientation. 
Plan ahead.  Don’t be late.
Chair placement will be posted in the lobby as you are entering for check-in.
5:30 PM
Orientation (Fullerton)
6 PM


Dr. Murray & BLUE BandFullerton
Dr. Carney, Mr. Earp & GOLD BandDowntown Campus
9:30 PM
End Rehearsal


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st   (Breakfast – on your own)

What's happening?
8 AM
Rehearsal Locations Open
Directors Hospitality provided at the Downtown Campus.  Breakfast biscuits provided by Roper Music.
8:30 AM
Dr. Murray & BLUE BandFullerton
Dr. Carney, Mr. Earp & GOLD BandDowntown Campus
11:30 AM
BLUE BAND Rehearsal stops for Lunch
Lunch provided by Limestone College – Stephenson Dining Hall – Students and directors will need your lanyard to eat lunch. 
Students that are on campus rehearsing in Fullerton will be able to walk to dining hall. 
12 PM
GOLD BAND Rehearsal stops for Lunch
Lunch provided by Limestone College – Stephenson Dining Hall – Students and directors will need your lanyard to eat lunch. 
Downtown Campus students (Gold Band) will need transportation to the dining hall on campus.
1 PM
BLUE BAND Rehearsal starts
Dr. Murray & BLUE BandFullerton
1:30 PM
GOLD BAND Rehearsal starts
Dr. Carney, Mr. Earp & GOLD BandDowntown Campus
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Resume Rehearsals
4:45 PM Rehearsals end and dinner on your own.  
6:30 PM Call Time - Dressed for Performance
(Concert dress same as you would for school performances)
·         Dr. Murray & BLUE Band – Seated in audience as band.
·         Dr. Carney, Mr. Earp & GOLD BandOn Stage
CASES – Must be backstage!
7 PM HONOR BANDS CONCERT Free to the public.


If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Patrick K. Carney,
Associate Professor of Music Education
Director of Instrumental Music
864.488.4508 (office)
Mr. Joseph Earp
Director of Athletic Bands
Director of Recruitment
864.300.3528 (cell)