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Carolina Bands Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0001

The Carolina Bands Collection consists of sheet music, numerous versions of the University of South Carolina's school songs, audio recordings produced by University Bands, correspondence between Music Faculty and professionals within the music community, drill charts and instructions, and miscellaneous materials relating to both the marching and concert bands of the University of South Carolina. The container list for this collection is not complete, as processing the collection is still in progress.


  • 1983-2008

General Physical Description note

15 boxes, containing mixed materials.


5 Cubic Feet

Administrative history

The University of South Carolina Band was unofficially founded in 1920 when the Board of Trustees gave permission for a student-organized band to form. This largely informal organization continued until the 1950s, when the band first began to learn drills and travel to away games with the athletics teams. By the 1960s, the band had begun developing the formal structure that exists today, functioning as an official part of the university's music and athletics programs and performing regularly at athletic events as well as giving separate concerts. The tenure of James K. Copenhaver (1976 - present) continued this formalization, as he developed handbooks and teaching materials particularly for the band.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into five series:

I. Sheet Music II. Drill Charts III. Programs & Scripts IV. Correspondence & Notes V. Media

While these series provide the best intellectual representation of the contents of the Carolina Bands Collection, the physical arrangement of the materials is chronological. Sheet Music is the smallest series, with records from only four years (1992, 2001, 2003 and 2004). Drill Charts is the largest, with charts from every year through 2005. Programs & Scripts offer evidence of the band’s activities at both athletic events and in civic and concert performances. Correspondence & Notes give details of the band’s yearly activities, participants, policies and issues. Media offers photographs, sound recordings and newspaper clippings related to the band.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Compact discs and floppy discs.

Physical Location

This collection is housed in the Music Library, which is located in the School of Music at 813 Assembly Street in Room 208 (on the 2nd floor).

General Physical Description note

15 boxes, containing mixed materials.

Digital Collection

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Patricia Puckett Sasser in accordance with best practice guidelines developed by the University of South Carolina Music Library. No materials from this collection were discarded or removed; in the case of three or more duplicates, two were kept for the Collection and the others were returned to James Copenhaver by prior agreement.

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

Carolina Bands Collection
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