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Middle School Honor Band

   

The 5th Annual Middle School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone University

November 18th – November 19th, 2021

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 University. The MSHB Clinic continues to provide wonderful musical experiences for middle school wind and percussionists. By director nomination, the selected participants will rehearse with fantastic music educators and conductors.

Music is one of Limestone’s “Seven Branches of Learning”.  The unwavering support by Limestone University administrators toward music education allows continual growth and development of music offerings for our community.

Clinicians What Participants Receive | How to Nominate | Selected Instrumentation | Director's Information | Schedule

Our clinicians for the 2021 Middle School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone University are:

Ms. Edna Y. Grace, Retired (BIO)

Director of Bands and Choral Music at
Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Mr. Jocquin Fuller (BIO)

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

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 MSHB 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.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15th, 2021

SELECTED PARTICIPANTS for the Middle School Honor Band Clinic will receive lunch (Friday only), snack, 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 the low cost of $25.00.

PAYMENT FOR SELECTED PARTICIPANTS IS NOVEMBER 13TH

Checks need to come directly from the school or boosters. We will not accept personal checks.

$25.00 checks (made out to: Limestone University MSHB Clinic). It is permissible for schools or boosters to create one check to cover all SELECTED PARTICIPANTS from that institution.

THERE IS NO COST TO NOMINATE!

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How to be selected into the MSHB Clinic:

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 2021 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 University Middle School Honor Bands Clinic is designed for the more proficient and experienced instrumentalists. It is assumed director 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 15th. Nominations that arrive after OCTOBER 15th will be considered only if there is a need for additional personnel to balance instrumentation.

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Selected Instrumentation:
The Middle School Honor Band Clinic will be constructed based on the South Carolina All-State Junior Band instrumentation model. There will be TWO ensembles* with the desired instrumentation for each 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
TOTAL IDEAL INSTRUMENTATION = 115
 
 

Directors’ activities include observation of rehearsals by our clinicians, concert attendance, and breakfast reception on Friday sponsored by Roper Music of Spartanburg, and lunch along with the SELECTED PARTICIPANTS.

TRANSPORTATION – All selected participants of the Middle School Honor Band at Limestone University will rehearse and perform in two locations: Fullerton Auditorium & the Band Hall (aka “Downtown Campus”) and maybe switching locations during the event. You must be, or have someone designated for, the transportation for your selected students during this event. Limestone University 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: http://www.limestone.edu/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!

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Schedule:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
Time
Place
What's happening?
5 PM
Check-In
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.
6:00 PM
Orientation (Fullerton)
 
6:30 PM
Rehearsal Begins
Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band – Fullerton 
Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band – Downtown Campus
9:30 PM
End Rehearsal

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19th (Breakfast – on your own) STUDENTS - WEAR YOUR LIMESTONE SHIRT ON FRIDAY.  (SHIRT WILL BE PROVIDED AT CHECK-IN.)

Time
Place
What's happening?
8 AM
Rehearsal Locations Open
Directors Hospitality provided by ROPER MUSIC at the Downtown Campus. 
8:30 AM

Rehearsal

Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band – Fullerton 
Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band – Downtown Campus
11:30 AM
BLUE BAND Rehearsal stops for Lunch
Lunch provided by Limestone University – Downtown Campus
BLUE BAND Students will require transportation to Downtown Campus 
12:00 PM
GOLD BAND Rehearsal stops for Lunch
 
Lunch provided by Limestone University – Downtown Campus
1:00 PM
BLUE BAND Rehearsal starts
Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band – Fullerton
1:30 PM
GOLD BAND Rehearsal starts
Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band – Downtown Campus
3:30 PM
Break
 
3:45 PM
Break ends
Resume Rehearsals
4:45 PM 
Rehearsal End
All Bands leave for Dinner (on own) and Change for Concert.
Concert Attire: Appropriate Attire for HOME MS Band program concert
6:30 PM
CALL TIME
Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band – ON STAGE
Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band – Fullerton (Audience section – marked)
7:00 PM
CONCERT
8:00 - Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band 
8:30 - Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band 

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If you have further questions, please contact:
Mr. Joseph Earp
Director of Athletic Bands
864.300.3528 (office)

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