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High School Honor Band

The 11th Annual

High School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone College

February 1 – 3, 2018

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 Bands Dr. Patrick K. Carney recognized a demand for a separate middle school event, and created that event for November that continues to improve, grow and serve our middle school community.  Equally, the High School Honor Band Clinic continued and developed into its own reoccurring Spring event. For the past three years, Dr. Carney has brought prominent music educators and conductors to the HSHB Clinic, and now in its 4th year, and 11th 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. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone College, and Dr. Karen Gainey, Vice President of Academic Affairs, 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 2018 High School Honor Band Clinic 

at Limestone College are:

Dr. Shelby R. Chipman, Director of Bands and Associate Professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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


DR. SHELBY R. CHIPMAN is Associate Professor and Director of Marching and Pep Bands at Florida A&M University.  His responsibilities in the Department of Music include teaching Instrumental Music, Conducting, and coordinating Recitals and Music Interns.  Additionally, he assists with the administration of the Marching, Symphonic, and Pep bands.  

Prior to his appointment at Florida A&M University, he taught band in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for ten years.  His band program at Miami Central developed into one of the finest band programs in the country.  As much as a teacher as he was a musician, Dr. Chipman was named Teacher of the Year during the 1993-94 school year.  Under his leadership the Rocket Marching band performed in the 1993, 1995, and 1997 King Orange Jamboree Parades, 1993 Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA), 1990-96 Florida A&M University Homecoming Festivals (Tallahassee, FL), 1992-97 MLK Parades & Festival (St. Petersburg, FL), 1997 Macy’s Day Parade (New York City), and numerous other marching events. The Symphonic Band performed at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Chipman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA), FMEA Black Caucus, and Bethel AME Church.  He has coordinated numerous band festivals and had the pleasure of working with James Croft, Timothy Reynish, James Suddith, Jim Sparks, Gary Green, Anthony Maiello, and Eugene Corporon, who represent some of the finest conductors in the world.  In addition to working with these outstanding conducting, Dr. Chipman has presented music education and conducting clinics on several public school and college campuses, as well as given lectures at the FMEA conference and Mid-West Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States and currently serves as Conductor of the Tallahassee Big Bend Community Orchestra. Dr. Chipman is married to Detrick LaShawn, and together they have one son, Israel Armenian Chipman.

As an educator, Dr. Chipman believes that all students can learn. He believes there are obstacles that create barriers, but through faith, guidance, and love anything can be accomplished.  As educators, it is our responsibility to encourage students to maintain their focus. There is good in all and we are challenged to bring out the best in students.

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, 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, South Carolina Music Educators Association and Tennessee Music Educators Association.


What Honor Band Members Receive:

Selected participants for the High School Honor Band Clinic will receive lunch and dinner (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 2018 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 ONE ensemble 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 ONE ensemble* 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


*NOTE: There will be ONE ensemble and NO “alternate ensemble”. However, based on audition, LC will rank students in order and if there needs to be an adjustment in instrumentation or participation, we will contact the next ranked student, along with his/her Director immediately for availability.


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 and dinner at Stephenson Dining Hall typically followed by a FREE performance from one of Limestone’s many outstanding ensembles. Directors should complete this form for the 2018 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.

More details and a schedule of events can be found on our Information Sheet below. This is a tentative document and is subject to change!

HSHB 2018 Intinerary and Information

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.pdf 02-hs_oboe.pdf 03-hs_bassoon.pdf 04-hs_clarinet.pdf
05-hs_low_clarinet.pdf 06-hs_alto_tenor_and_bari_sax.pdf 07-hs_trumpet.pdf 08-hs_horn.pdf
09-hs_trombone.pdf 09.5-hs_bass_trombone.pdf 10-hs_baritone_b._c.pdf 11-hs_baritone_t._c.pdf
12-hs_tuba.pdf 13-hs_string_bass.pdf 14-hs_mallets.pdf 15-hs_snare.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:

Here are the 2018 HSHB Selected Students. This list is sorted by the school so you may easily see the students selected from your school. Your top two selections regardless of the instrument made it in. After that, a lot of other nominations made it in based on your evaluation and instrumentation needs. Our goal was to make sure this process was as fair as possible. You now have until Friday, January 12th at Midnight to get each of your student's video links and information submitted using our submission link. The video link can be on YouTube, Google drive, etc. Please make sure these are submitted by this deadline to help us create a great performance event for your students. We will use their audition video to seat both bands and place their chair order. If you submit after this deadline or don't submit, we will place your students at our discretion.



What's happening?
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.
6:30 PM
Orientation (Fullerton)
7 PM


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


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd   (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. Chipman & 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. Chipman & BLUE BandFullerton
1:30 PM
GOLD BAND Rehearsal starts
Dr. Carney, Mr. Earp & GOLD BandDowntown Campus
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Resume Rehearsals
6 PM
Rehearsal End - Dinner Begins
Gold band will need transportation to Dining Hall. 
DINNER provided by Limestone College – Stephenson Dining Hall
Students and Directors - Lanyards will also be needed for dinner service.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd   (Breakfast – on your own)

What's happening?
8:30 AM
Rehearsal Locations Open


9 AM


11:30 AM
Lunch - on your own!
1:30 PM
Call Time - Dressed for Performance
(Concert dress same as you would for school performances)
·         Dr. Chipman & BLUE Band – Seated in audience as band.
·         Dr. Carney, Mr. Earp & GOLD BandOn Stage
CASES – Must be backstage!
2 PM


If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Patrick K. Carney,
Associate Professor of Music Education
Director of Bands
864.488.4508 (office)
Mr. Joseph Earp
Assistant Director of Bands
Director of Recruitment
864.488.4381 (office)