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Middle School Honor Band

The 4th Annual

Middle School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone College

November 16-18, 2017

Every Fall over 400 middle school students are nominated from programs throughout the Southeast for the chance to participate in the Middle School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone College. This outstanding opportunity originated as a concurrent Spring event with our High School Honor Band Clinic, but demand quickly grew for a separate event. In 2014, the newly appointed Director of Bands Dr. Patrick K. Carney recognized that request and moved the event to November that has continued to improve, grow and serve our community. Now in its 4th year, the MSHB Clinic provides a wonderful musical experience for middle school wind and percussionists. By director nomination, the selected participants will rehearse with fantastic 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 | Director's Information | Chair Placement


Our clinicians for the 2017 Middle School Honor Band Clinic

at Limestone College are:

Mr. Mike Doll, Director of Instrumental Music at East Cooper Baptist Church and the Director of the Palmetto Christian Academy Band in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Mr. Jocquin Fuller, Director of Bands at the Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Mr. Mike Doll is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and a graduate of Dorman high School. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University and a Master of Music Education degree from Winthrop University.

Mr. Doll serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at East Cooper Baptist Church and the band director at Palmetto Christian Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. His responsibilities include the church orchestra, the handbell choir, the Arts Academy and the middle school band classes. He currently plays Euphonium in the Palmetto Concert Band.

Mr. Doll served as the band director at Rawlinson Road Middle School in Rock Hill, South Carolina for fifteen years. During that time he also served as an assistant band director at Northwestern High School. Under his direction, the Rawlinson Road Band consistently earned Superior ratings at concert festival and other state and regional events.  His band was awarded fourteen consecutive Outstanding Performance Awards.  In addition to his normal teaching duties, Mr. Doll is also active as a clinician for MakeMusic, Inc. promoting both SmartMusic practice tools software and Finale notation software.

Mr. Doll was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” award for Rawlinson Road for the 1998-1999 school year and then severed as the District Teacher of the Year for Rock Hill School District Three from 1999-2000.  He currently holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the South Carolina Music Educator’s Association.

Mr. Doll lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with his beautiful wife Susan, his daughter Abigail (who is playing flute in his band today), his sons Andrew, Jonathan and Timothy.

Joining us again for 2017 is Mr. Jocquin Fuller! Mr. Fuller is currently in his fourth year as a band director for Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, NC.  Prior to that, he served as a middle and high school director in the Rock Hill, SC for fifteen years.  He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Winthrop University in Music Education and Wind Conducting respectively, and is also certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching.  

In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, he serves as both a judge and a clinician for many band events.  He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, NCBA, NCMEA, NafME, Phi Mu Alpha, and has been nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on several occasions.  He resides in Rock Hill with his wonderful wife, Kelly, and their eleven-year-old daughter, Olivia.

What Honor Band Members Receive:

Selected participants for the Middle School Honor Band Clinic will receive lunch and dinner (Friday only), provided by Limestone College, and an MSHB Clinic T-shirt. More importantly, selected participants will receive top-quality instruction provided by exceptional 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 into the Honor Band:

To be eligible for consideration, student nominees must be:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 6 – 8
  • 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 2017 MSHB 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.

The Limestone College Middle School Honor Bands Clinic is designed for the more proficient and experienced instrumentalists. It is assumed directors will nominate his/her most capable players. 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 OCTOBER 13TH. Nominations that arrive after OCTOBER 13TH will be considered only if there is a need for additional personnel to balance instrumentation.



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 (typically Chick-fil-A), and dinner (typically Little Caesar’s) accompanied by our traditional performance from iPan (our steel pan ensemble) during Friday evening’s dinner at the Band Hall. Directors should complete this form for the 2017 MSHB Clinic.

TRANSPORTATION – All selected participants of the Middle School Honor Band at Limestone College will rehearse and perform in two locations: Fullerton Auditorium & the Band Hall (aka “Downtown Campus”), and may be switching locations during the event. You must be, or have someone designated for, the transportation for your selected students during this event. Limestone College cannot provide transportation in any way. The following are the addresses for those locations, along with a link to our campus map. Be sure to scroll down to see map for the Band Hall.

  • Fullerton Auditorium: 1115 College Drive, Gaffney, SC 29340
  • Band Hall: 101 Granard Street, Gaffney, SC 29340
  • Campus Map:
    • Top Map: Fullerton is #7
    • Bottom Map: Band Hall is #5

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!


Chair Placement Instructions:

These chair placement materials are for those students that are selected for the Middle School Honor Band.  A listing of selected students will be posted and emailed out on October 20th when the Chair placement form becomes active. 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 in the Blue Band at the discretion of the Limestone band faculty. Students will need to complete the registration form to register and be considered to be part of the Middle School Honor Band.

01-ms_flute.pdf 02-ms_oboe.pdf 03-ms_bassoon.pdf 04-ms_clarinet.pdf
05-ms_low_clarinet.pdf 06-ms_alto_tenor_and_bari_sax.pdf 07-ms_trumpet.pdf 08-ms_horn.pdf
09-ms_trombone.pdf 10-ms_baritone_bc.pdf 11-ms_baritone_tc.pdf 12-ms_tuba.pdf
13-ms_string_bass.pdf 14-ms_mallets.pdf 15-ms_snare.pdf 16-ms_timpani.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.). If you need to create a YouTube account, please watch this video:

Here are the 2017 Middle School Honor Band Selections. This list is sorted by 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, November 3rd 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.

If you have further 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)