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Our band members have jumped back into rehearsals to bring the Columbia area not one but two concerts back-to-back weekends this February!

For our first concert this month, we are pleased and honored to have been invited to perform the finale concert at the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s conference held annually at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The performance will begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the USC Alumni Center. This performance is free and open to the public.

Can’t make it that Saturday? Not to worry! We will perform the same works again the next Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM as part of the USC Band Clinic. This performance brings us back to our “home venue” at the Koger Center for the Arts. This concert is also free and open to the public. The performance is general admission, so plan to arrive early for prime seating!

Both of these performances will feature only four pieces of music, but quality in this case far surpasses quantity! The PCB will open with Overture to “Candide”  by Leonard Bernstein (trans. Grundman), followed by our encore performance of Vaclav Nelhybel’s TritticoNext up are the six musical portraits that make up Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Lincolnshire PosyWe will close the concert with none other than Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

First, thank you to all who came to our November concert at the Koger. We know the Tuesday night performance was a change from the norm, and we appreciate everyone who was able to work us into their weekday schedule!

Now our band members are making their way to Chicago for the 70th Annual Midwest Clinic — during a pretty major cold snap, even for the Windy City! (Please keep us in your thoughts during these wintry travels.)

Our Thursday performance at this international band and orchestra conference will feature our own conductor, Scott Weiss, along with multiple guest conductors and a guest soloist:

  • Dai Zhonghui – Director of Wind Orchestra, Central Conservatory of Music
  • Paul W. Popeil – Director of Bands, University of Kansas
  • Cormac Cannon – Associate Director of Bands, University of South Carolina
  • Scott A. Jones – Associate Director of Bands, The Ohio State University
  • Rex Richardson – Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Of our concert selections, we will be performing two Jim Stephenson works (Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet “Rextreme”, mvt. 3, composed for soloist Rex Richardson; and there are no words, a tribute to the 9 victims of the Emanuel AME shooting in Charleston, SC), a work composed by our own Joshual Hinkel (Galactic Mission, a fun piece of literature  evoking the excitement of outer space travel), and a world premier piece by Joel Puckett (My Eyes are Full of Shadow “describes looking back on a moment of pain in the past and an inability—an unwillingness?—to move beyond it.”)

Here’s hoping that if you are in Chicago for the Midwest Clinic that you will join us Thursday at 1:30 PM for what is sure to be a performance to remember!

Back to School, Back to Chicago

marchingbandAfter a restful summer for our ensemble’s many band director members, the excitement of a new school year has arrived in South Carolina! This, of course, means that marching band camps and rehearsals have ramped up. Even our director, Scott Weiss, is getting in on the back-to-school action at the University of South Carolina, where the Carolina Band has begun marching practices on the new turf outside of the Copenhaver Band Hall. We wish all of these directors and their students the best this fall, look forward to seeing and hearing them perform in the coming months, and celebrating their musical and athletic successes.

midwestEven while a high percentage of our members are currently focused on marching shows, the PCB as a whole also has our sights set on a winter trip we’re proud and honored to be familiar with. Now for the third time in our band’s short history, we have auditioned for and have been invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Our director and board members are busily making plans for transporting instruments, selecting music (much more difficult than you might believe!), and sorting out travel details. From our veteran performers who have been-there-done-that to our newer members who have never experienced an international music conference, the excitement is palpable.

We know most of our South Carolina friends and supporters won’t be able to make the trip with us, so the PCB is making plans for a special pre-Clinic concert in the Columbia area later this year. Stay tuned for additional info when we kick off our concert season in November!

Memorial Day Concert


It’s almost time again for our big Memorial Day Concert — this year, being performed ON MEMORIAL DAY (Monday, May 30). What better way to enjoy your day off of work than to attend a patriotic concert in the blessedly air conditioned Koger Center for the Arts?

In addition to our standard patriotic fare, this year’s concert will feature another original piece composed by John Moody, talented son of our esteemed conductor emeritus Dr. William Moody.

The PCB will also be welcoming a special guest conductor (yet to be announced!) to the podium to close our Memorial Day concert. At the beginning of the month, we held a contest to offer a U.S. military veteran to conduct the PCB in the playing of our National March, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. We look forward to honoring our guest with this unique opportunity. Please come out on Memorial Day to show this and all of our veterans our support, and help us honor all of our fallen servicemen and women this Memorial Day.


Phew! Well that was fun!

Horn section selfie!
Horn section selfie!

Wow! Thanks to everyone who made it out to our performance at the Koger Center on Saturday night. What did you think? (For you audience members, could you tell we were having a blast–literally?)

One concert down, and one more to go this month. The PCB is off to Charleston, SC next Saturday to perform the finale concert for the National Band Association convention at the Gaillard Center–right around the corner from Emanuel AME Church.

We’d love your help spreading the word to your Charleston area friends! Details can be found here, or you can invite them to our Facebook event page. Your help getting the word out is the best publicity we could hope for, and we’d love to fill that concert hall!

February Concerts Announced

February Concerts Announced

The PCB is pleased to be performing two concerts in February: our annual performance at the USC Band Clinic in Columbia, SC (Feb. 13), and a special invitation performance at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC as the finale concert for the CBDNA/NBA Conference (Feb. 20).

The concerts will be featuring some familiar pieces, as well as a newly commissioned work by James Stephenson titled “there are no words.” The piece was composed in response to the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC last year, and was originally written for a small ensemble. The PCB is honored to premiere the wind band arrangement at these two upcoming performances.

For more information about our upcoming concerts, please visit our Performances page or our Facebook page.

Additional thanks to Gil Shuler for the use of his design, “we shall overcome” to further honor the memories of those fallen. We could think of no better imagery to pair with this performance.

Giving Thanks

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labelsMany thanks to everyone who was able to come to our November 22nd concert. In addition to bringing one of the largest audiences we’ve had for a fall concert in some time, you were also very generous. With your help, the PCB collected 177 food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank! These items were given out to families who might not have had a Thanksgiving without your donations. So thank you, again!

Stay tuned to our Performances page or follow us on Facebook for information coming soon about our February concerts (you read that right!) coming up in just a few months. If you would like to see your name in those programs as a donor, be sure to contact us before February 1. Visit our Support Us page for details.

Until next time, we wish you the happiest of holidays!