Sousa! - Palmetto Concert BandWhat more is there to say? The name “Sousa” invokes joy in many across this country. The famed composer of so many well-known marches gets those toes tapping with seemingly little effort. John Philip Sousa became a musical legend within his lifetime thanks to his iconic marches.

Perhaps lesser known is the history of Sousa: his conducting style, concert format, and his band’s distinct sound. Concerts from that era differed greatly from our modern concert format and performance. With the help of famed Sousa impersonator, Keith Brion, the Palmetto Concert Band aims to bring the experience of attending a 1930’s Sousa Band concert to the Koger Center stage.

We invite you to join us for this special concert, which will feature solo performances by Scott Parker (euphonium), Tina Stallard (soprano), and Betty Gardiner (piccolo). As always, the concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are General Admission. Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates. Visit our Performances page more information about the concert and repertoire.

America the Beautiful


The Palmetto Concert Band is pleased to be presenting our final performance of this season, “America the Beautiful: A Concert for Memorial Day” on Sunday, May 27. This concert will feature works representative of locations across the country, “from sea to shining sea”! In addition to using music to honor those servicemen and women who gave their lives in service of this great nation, we will also perform a piece in recognition of our recently departed founder and Director Emeritus, Dr. William (Bill) Moody.

This performance will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 27 at 4:00 PM. As always, it is free and open to the public. Seating is General Admission, so plan to arrive early.

The Firebird


Our band members are hard at work to prepare for our next concert! Coming up on February 10, 2018, we will be pleased to present to our Columbia audience (and then some!) Stravinksky’s The Firebird, Suite 1919.

The Firebird, a suite originally written for full orchestra as a ballet, was rescored by Stravinsky a few years later for Symphonic Winds. This iconic literature weaves a story of Prince Ivan encountering monsters, falling in love with a princess, and befriending the mythical firebird whose lullabye can put the most evil beasts to rest. For a more in-depth explanation of the music and story, we encourage checking out this educational video from KhanAcademy:

In addition to The Firebird, we will also present several more engaging and well known pieces of music:

  • Also Sprach Zarathustra, Introduction by Richard Strauss/trans. Mark Rogers
  • The Planets, 1st Movement – Mars by Gustav Holst
  • A KLEZMER Tribute by Eric Richards
  • Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold/arr. Paynter;

This concert will be performed on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Koger Center for the Arts as part of the 40th Annual USC Band Clinic. This event  is free and open to the public. The performance is general admission, so plan to arrive early for prime seating!

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!