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High School Honor Band

The 13th Annual

High School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone College

January 30th - January 31, 2020

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 that was developed for the Fall to best serve our middle school community.

Now Independent, the High School Honor Band Clinic continues to develope into its own reoccurring Spring event. Dr. Carney has brought prominent music educators and conductors to the HSHB Clinic, and now in its 6th year, and 13th 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, Dean of Arts & Letters, and Dr. Harry “Chip” Hill, 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. David S. Plack, Director of Athletic Bands and Specialized Teaching Faculty at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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

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

DR. DAVID S. PLACK was appointed to the wind band conducting and music education faculty at Florida State University in 2004 as the Director of Athletic Bands. His responsibilities in the area of athletic bands include the “world-renowned” Marching Chiefs and FSU’s athletic pep band program, Seminole Sound, which primarily supports the men’s basketball program, the women’s basketball and volleyball programs, and provides numerous other performances in support of FSU athletics and the University at large.

Among other responsibilities in the areas of wind band conducting and music education, Dr. Plack assists with the supervision of music education intern teachers, teaches the Marching Band Techniques course, and conducts the University Concert Band. Dr. Plack was recently nominated for the prestigious University Teaching Award for his contributions and work with undergraduate students at FSU.

Dr. Plack graduated from Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia where his high school band director, Timothy Zabel, was a significant influence on his desire to become a music educator. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Music Education degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from the Florida State University College of Music, where he studied with Richard Clary, Patrick Dunnigan, Clifford Madsen, Bentley Shellahamer, and his primary conducting teacher and mentor, James Croft. Prior to his collegiate teaching, Dr. Plack taught seven years at Vero Beach High School alongside James Sammons.

He holds active memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. Dr. Plack is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and holds honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, serving as the faculty sponsor for both organizations at FSU. He currently serves as the President of the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association.

Dr. Plack is an active drill designer and arranger having provided numerous creative projects for the Marching Chiefs and other athletic band endeavors. He is also an active guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator.

DR. PATRICK K. CARNEY has served as the Director of Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Music Education at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina since 2014. His responsibilities include directing the LC Wind Ensemble, teaching the instrumental conducting sequence, and coordinating all aspects of Limestone’s comprehensive instrumental program. He teaches the music education curriculum for all music education majors. Prior to his appointment at LC, he was Director of Bands at Montana State, Clayton State, and Claflin University. 

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 (NBA), National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), and the state Music Educators Association Conferences of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

MR. JOSEPH B. EARP is Director of Athletic Bands at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.  He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Master of Music in Music Education from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. 

His professional teaching career began at Seneca High School in South Carolina as Director of Bands in 2006.  After two years, he then taught at Robbinsville Middle and High Schools for a year before becoming the founding Director of Bands at Cox Mill High School in Concord, North Carolina.  After eight years of numerous achievements at Cox Mill High School, he moved into his current role at Limestone College.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Earp is an active published composer and clinician with his music being performed internationally.  His major compositional accomplishments include being winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Composition Contest in Missouri and winner of the 2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest in Colorado.  He currently resides in Concord, North Carolina with his wife Mary Beth and sons, Jackson and Jasper.  More about Mr. Earp can be found at  Follow Mr. Earp on Twitter @earpcomposer.  Find him on Instagram as earpcomposer.


What Honor Band Members Receive:

Selected participants for the High School Honor Band Clinic will receive lunch (Friday only) at Stephenson Dining Hall on our campus featuring a wide variety of fresh foods designed to satisfy everyone's appetite and a HSHB Clinic T-shirt. 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 7th. Nominations that arrive after DECEMBER 7th 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 2020 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.


Tentative Schedule:



What's happening?
5-6 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.
6:00 PM
Orientation (Fullerton)
6:30 PM


Fullerton Auditorium - BLUE Band w/ Dr. Plack
Downtown Campus -  GOLD Band w/ Mr. Earp & Dr. Carney
9:30 PM
End Rehearsal


FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st   (Student's 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
Fullerton Auditorium - BLUE Band w/ Dr. Plack
Downtown Campus -  GOLD Band w/ Mr. Earp & Dr. Carney
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. 
Blue Band 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
Fullerton Auditorium - BLUE Band w/ Dr. Plack
1:30 PM
GOLD BAND Rehearsal starts
Downtown Campus -  GOLD Band w/ Mr. Earp & Dr. Carney
3:30 PM
DO NOT LEAVE AREA! This is just a chance to check phones, use restrooms, etc.
Restrooms are available at all times; Feel free to bring WATER with closed container.
3:45 PM
ALL BANDS Resume Rehearsals


4:45 PM ALL BANDS Rehearsals end

Dinner is on your own.

Change into CONCERT DRESS (same as you would for school performances)

6:30 PM ALL BANDS Call Time - Fullerton Auditorium

CONCERT DRESSED for Performance

  • BLUE BAND w/ Dr. Plack – Seated in audience as band (Section TBD)
  • GOLD BAND w/ Mr. Earp & Dr. Carney – ON 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 (office)