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Middle School Honor Band


The 5th Annual Middle School Honor Band Clinic

RETURNS to Limestone University November 21 & 22, 2019

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. This outstanding opportunity originated as a concurrent Spring event with our Middle School Honor Band Clinic but demand quickly grew for a separate event. In 2014, the newly appointed Director of Instrumental Music, Dr. Patrick K. Carney, recognized that request and created the event for November that has continued to improve, grow and serve our community.
In 2018, Limestone University had to make some difficult choices in terms of funding, and the Middle School Honor Band Clinic could not be financed as usual. After engaging the community, and asking for minimal contributions, the Middle School Honor Band Clinic RETURNS to Limestone University.
Now its 5th year, the MSHB Clinic will continue 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.
Dr. Carney would like to recognize the administration at Limestone University, especially Dr. Darrell Parker, President of Limestone University, Dr. Karen Gainey, Provost, along with Dr. Gena Poovey, Dean of Arts & Humanities 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 a minimal cost 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 University, and with their continued support, will forever remain one of our most valued programs.


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


Our clinicians for the 2019 Middle School Honor Band Clinic at Limestone University are:

Ms. Edna Y. Grace, Retired, Director of Bands and Choral Music at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina.
Mr. Jocquin Fuller, Director of Bands at the Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Edna Y. Grace, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, received a B.S. in Music Education from South Carolina State College, a M.A. in Music from the Ohio State University, and a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the Citadel.
During her career of thirty-six years, Edna held posts as Band Director and General Music/Chorus teacher in Charleston County School District at Brentwood Middle (1981-1984 – General Music/Chorus; 1984-1991–Band) and Berkeley County School District at College Park Middle (1991-2007–Band) and Stratford High (2007-2017–Band/Chorus).  The bands under her instruction received the highest ratings at the SCBDA Concert Festival and Solo and Ensemble Festival, while individual students were selected for membership in honor bands (All-County Concert Bands, All-County Jazz Band (BCSD), Region Honor Band, South Carolina All-State Band, and the SC All-State Jazz Bands).  Both the middle and high school band programs were consistent recipients of the SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award.  In addition, The University Park Band earned the honor of performing at the 2003 SCMEA conference.
While at College Park, Edna also served as an assistant director at Stratford High School during marching season.  When she became Director of Bands at Stratford, students continued a tradition of excellence through participation in the concert bands, jazz band, marching band, small ensembles, symphony orchestra, winter guard/dance line, class piano, and class guitar.  At the start of her thirty-fifth teaching year, Ms. Grace took the sole position at Stratford High School of director of the choral music program, having had the dual role of Director of Bands and Choral Director the previous four years.  The program grew in student membership while maintaining consistent numbers in All-County Chorus and SC All-State Chorus.
Professional affiliations have included the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA), National Band Association (NBA), Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity (PBM), Women Band Directors International (WBDI), the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), the American Choral Directors Association, and the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association.  Edna served SCBDA as recording secretary and as a member of several committees, including Solo and Ensemble, All-State, Concert Festival, and Winter Ensemble. 
Edna has served as an honor band clinician and concert band adjudicator in South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. She has been an adjunct faculty member of Charleston Southern University teaching studio oboe and Music Appreciation.  Edna has been active in community music ensembles including the Summerville Community Orchestra, the Charleston Wind Ensemble (one year as conductor), and the Goose Creek Community Band for which she served as conductor until its reorganization as the St. James Wind Ensemble.  
Among the honors that have been presented to Ms. Grace is the NBA Citation of Excellence, the WBDI Scroll of Excellence, PBM Outstanding Bandmaster Award, and PBM Bandmasters Hall of Fame. She also was selected as Teacher of the Year at both Brentwood and College Park as well as and being named a top-three finalist for Berkeley County. 
Since retirement in June 2017, Edna continues to contribute to music education as a band and orchestra adjudicator and clinician, as an artist in residence at select schools in the state, and as a substitute teacher in Berkeley County.  She also serves SCMEA executive board as Retired Member Chair.  Her remaining time is spent traveling and visiting her family, serving as a substitute organist, class leader, and director of the Women’s Choir at her church, playing oboe and tenor saxophone in the St. James Wind Ensemble.
Joining us again for 2019 is Mr. Jocquin Fuller! 
Jocquin Fuller is currently in his sixth year as band director for Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C.  Prior to that, he served as a middle and high school director in Rock Hill, S.C. for fifteen years.  He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Winthrop University in Music Education and 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 Charlotte, NC with his wonderful wife, Kelly, and their fourteen-year-old, trumpet-playing daughter, Olivia.  



What Middle School Honor Band Clinic Participants Receive:

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.
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.


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 2019 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 14th. Nominations that arrive after OCTOBER 14th will be considered only if there is a need for additional personnel to balance instrumentation.


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

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:

    • 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!


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.
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




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


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
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
Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band – ON STAGE
Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band – Fullerton (Audience section – marked)
7:00 PM
8:00 - Mr. Fuller & GOLD Band 
8:30 - Mrs. Grace & BLUE Band 


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