Mar 1 – 2All day

McGaw Music Building

UC Bands is proud to announce the first UC Honor Band Clinic scheduled for March 1-2, 2024, on the beautiful campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. 
The primary goal of the UC Honor Band Clinic is to provide a rewarding musical and personal experience to all our students. Members of all ensembles are selected through band director nominations submitted electronically. Open to all band students in grades 8-12.

Clinic Weekend Includes:

  • Honor Band
  • Guest conductor
  • UC Concert Band in concert
  • Masterclasses with the UC Faculty and Students
  • Sessions for band directors

Please read the following information carefully and encourage your students to be a part of this unique event. Once a student registers for the honor band clinic, a Nomination Form will be sent to their band director. Regardless the level of the students, the organization of the UC Honor Band Clinic promotes a positive and fun learning experience for every student.

Nomination Form
We have created a Student Evaluation Rubric to assist us in chair placements for the honor band. It is very important that you use the rubric to help determine what a fair rating is. We ask that you rate students based on the five elements of performance: Tone, Technique, Range, Sight Reading, and Rhythmic Independence. Each player can get fifty possible points. Please be conservative in your appraisals. 

Percussion Nomination Form
Percussion presents a special challenge in that many students are not equally proficient on all percussion instruments. In addition to the Nomination Form mentioned above, you will be asked to evaluate students in each of the percussion areas (snare drum, bass drum, mallets, auxiliary).

Deadline: 
Registration forms must be received by February 2, 2024. Nomination Forms will be due Results will be announced on February 9, 2024. The results will be announced via e-mail to all band directors and students participating in the festival.

Fee:
Each student admitted to the clinic will need to pay $25.00. This fee will be paid on the first day of the event during registration. Students or directors can pay in cash or make checks payable to UC BANDS.

Honor Band Clinic Registration

Schedule Overview

Blue BAND

  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM                    Registration (All students)
  • 3:30 – 6:00 PM                    Rehearsal Blue Band (Recital Hall)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 PM                    Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM                    Sectionals/Percussion Ensemble Blue Band 
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM                    Dr. Marc Decker Presentation for band directors and music majors
  • 8:30 PM                                UC Concert Band Performance 
  • 9:00 PM                                End of Day 1

Red BAND

  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM                    Registration (All students)
  • 3:30 – 5:00 PM                    Sectionals/Percussion Ensemble Red Band
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM                    Dinner on your own
  • 6:00 – 8:30 PM                   Rehearsal Red Band (Recital Hall) 
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM                    Dr. Marc Decker Presentation for band directors and music majors
  • 8:30 PM                                UC Concert Band Performance 
  • 9:00 PM                                 End of Day 1

Percussion Ensembles

  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM                    Registration (All students)
  • 3:30 – 5:00 PM                    Percussion Ensemble Red Band
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM                    Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM                    Percussion Ensemble Blue Band 
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM                    Dr. Marc Decker Presentation for band directors and music majors
  • 8:30 PM                                UC Concert Band Performance 
  • 9:00 PM                                End of Day 1

Blue Band

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM        Rehearsal Blue Band (Gatliff Chapel)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30AM        Sessions for band directors and music majors
  • 11:45 AM                            Flute Ensemble Performance (Gatliff Chapel)
  • Noon – 1:00 PM                Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM          Woodwind Masterclass (Gatliff)/Brass Masterclass (Recital Hall)
  • 2:00 – 4:30 PM                 Rehearsal Blue Band (Recital Hall)
  • 4:30 - 5:45 PM                 Rehearsals end, dinner on your own, students dress for concert
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM                 Concert (Gatliff Chapel)
  • 7:30 PM                             End of the Honor Band

Red BAND

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM        Rehearsal Red Band (Recital Hall)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30AM        Sessions for band directors and music majors
  • 11:45 AM                            Flute Ensemble Performance (Gatliff Chapel)
  • Noon – 1:00 PM                Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM          Woodwind Masterclass (Gatliff)/Brass Masterclass (Recital Hall)
  • 2:00 – 4:30 PM                 Rehearsal Red Band (Gatliff Chapel)
  • 4:30 - 5:45 PM                 Rehearsals end, dinner on your own, students dress for concert
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM                 Concert (Gatliff Chapel)
  • 7:30 PM                             End of the Honor Band

Percussion Ensembles

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM        Percussion Ensemble Blue Band
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00AM        Percussion Ensemble Red Band
  • 11:45 AM                            Flute Ensemble Performance (Gatliff Chapel)
  • Noon – 1:00 PM                Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM          Percussion Ensemble Blue Band
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM          Percussion Ensemble Red Band
  • 4:30 - 5:45 PM                 Rehearsals end, dinner on your own, students dress for concert
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM                 Concert (Gatliff Chapel)
  • 7:30 PM                              End of the Honor Band

Honor Band Clinic Guest Conductor

Marc Decker is an Associate Professor of Music and the Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands at Florida Atlantic University where his primary duties include directing the Marching Owls, ‘Parliament Sound’ Pep Band, and Symphony Band. He holds a BME from the University of Illinois and both an MM and DMA from the University of Iowa. He was a high school band director at South Haven High School in Michigan and has held various positions throughout his career at Gettysburg College, American University, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He is an active arranger, drill writer, guest conductor, and adjudicator, and is currently serving as the Florida State Chair for the Society for Music Teacher Education. 

Marc Decker Headshot