Fourth Annual Home School Honor Band Festival 2017

Homeschool band students from all over the Southeast. We will have two ensembles again this year: concert band (students with 1-2 complete years of in-struction) and the honor band (students with 3 or more complete years of instruction)

Honor Band Festival experience for homeschool band students

October 20-21, 2017

East Cooper Baptist Church 361 Egypt Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

This event will be a chance to unite other homeschool band stu-dents in our love for mak-ing music. Often our groups are small but when we combine togeth-er we will have a much more satisfying musical experience.

What to wear?
During the rehearsals you may wear “normal” clothes. The temperature in the rehearsal area is often cool. You might bring a light jacket if you are cold natured. For the concert, please choose something that is “dressy casual”. Ladies please choose a modest dress or skirt of appropriate length. You will be on an elevated plat-form. Guys please choose slacks and a collared shirt (golf or button up will be fine)



The cost is $15.00 per person. Additional students from the same family will be $12.50 each. You may pay the registration fee and money for meals (if you choose that option) from this link.

Home School Honor Band Clinic Registration

Schedule Update


Welcome back to band!  We have a new and exciting year of making music planned for you!  Please be patient as we tweak our schedule to maximize instruction for every band member!  We are fortunate to have a wonderful new home for our ensemble at First Baptist Church.  We have storage, rehearsal space, and room for individual instruction!

Due to time and schedule restraints set by our location the last few years, we have had to limit instruction time to finish band by a reasonable hour. Having to choose, we focused on the younger groups at the cost of proper development of our concert band level students. In our new location, we are now able to better distribute time and quality instruction to ALL our groups and are excited to have new instructors to help balance our expertise. In order to refocus our efforts and distribute equitable instruction for all levels, we are going to be increasing the instruction time for concert band, and plan to move to a two day schedule for all band levels by next year. Students new to concert band (coming from intermediate last year) will still need to meet on Thursdays for the additional instruction needed to be properly prepared to participate in concert band. We are also going to be adding Wind Ensemble(s) that will be pulled out during the concert band time slot. The schedule for this semester is as follows:


Early Music Program/
Beginner Keyboarding 12:30 – 1:15
Beginner Band 12:30 – 1:30
Intermediate  1:30 – 3:15
Concert Band 1:45 – 3:30


Beginner Band 12:30 – 2:30
Intermediate 12:30 – 2:30
Individual/Group Instruction 12:30 – 2:30

Parking and Entrance Info for Band

Here is the information you need concerning where to park and what entrance you should use. You need to be on the Marion Street side of the First Baptist Church (see maps below). There is an entrance with a blue awning, this is the entrance you need to come in through. You can use the parking garage directly across from this entrance on Marion (reference marked on map below), but it must be the 1st or 4th floors, the other floors are for Palmetto Health. Someone will be posted at this Marion St entrance of the church to direct you to the elevator, proceed to the 3rd floor, the rooms we are using are across from the elevator on the 3rd floor.

Here is a reference map with highlights and markups (click map for larger view):

This is a streets-eye view of the entrance under the blue awning on Marion St (click map for larger view):

Here is a a google maps streets view of Marion where the entrance and garage are located:

Google Maps Streets View

Back to Band – Auditions and Meeting Reminder

Last minute details for our first meeting of the year:

Be sure to join us this Thursday, Aug 31, for auditions and meeting for all returning and new students. We are breaking the meeting and audition times up into three groups based on last year’s or previous band experience:

12:30 – 1:30 for new beginner students (no previous band experience)

1:30 – 2:30 for returning intermediate/beginners from last year (typically 1-3 years experience)

2:30 – 3:30 for returning concert band students (if in full concert band last year or comparable experience in another group)

For concert band members, remember that we follow the Audition Requirements set forth by SCBDA, for sake of time we will leave off terms and you can use last year’s or this year’s etude (solo). If you are new to our group and have not followed or learned these in previous years, still come prepared to play the scales you do know from the requirement list (again found HERE), along with any prepared piece you have. If that made even less sense than the first statement, don’t panic, the primary goal is to assess the students playing level and to meet our directors, so please feel free to come with whatever you have that best demonstrates your level of playing.

Intermediate students, come prepared with scales you have learned up to this point and any one prepared piece (can be anything from your Band Method book or any other piece you have worked on).

Beginners will not have had previous experience, so they will primarily be meeting with the director of bands to determine what instrument they may be interested in learning.

Drop-off and parking details will be sent in a new post mid-day Wednesday.

The 2017-2018 School Year

Schedule for this semester – Band will be meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Baptist Church (downtown Columbia):

Early Music Program/
Beginner Keyboarding 12:30 – 1:15
Beginner Band 12:30 – 1:30
Intermediate  1:30 – 3:15
Concert Band 1:45 – 3:30

Beginner Band 12:30 – 2:30
Intermediate 12:30 – 2:30
Individual/Group Instruction 12:30 – 2:30

Program & Structure

Students are grouped by ability into three levels: Beginning Band, Clinic Band and Concert Band. Students should be at least 10 years of age to begin band. Students under age 10 must meet with the Director of Bands for an interview before any exceptions are made. Efforts will be made to make Band a successful experience for each player, but the music selection is often chosen to challenge all students to stretch their ability to master it.

The Concert Band and various ensembles play several concerts throughout the year. In addition to Winter and Spring Concerts, the Concert Band performs at a number of other local venues such as graduations and conventions, retirement communities, Home School Day at the Capital, and at the State Fair. The Clinic and Beginning Bands typically perform at just the Winter and Spring Concerts.
The Beginning Band is for those students with little or no music or group instrumental experience. It covers the basics of music theory, introduction to their instrument and playing in a group. Progress will be greatly enhanced by private lessons on their chosen instrument. The SmartMusic computer program will be required to assist in training. Beginner Band will use “Essentials Elements 2000 Plus DVD Book One and Master Theory Book One” as their primary instructional material.
Once the Director of Bands determines that a student has mastered the Beginning Band level, they will be moved up to the Clinic Band.

The Clinic Band is made up of experienced musicians who have some ensemble experience. Progress and musical skill will be greatly enhanced by private lessons on their chosen instrument. The SmartMusic computer program will be required to assist in training.
If the student is advanced beyond the stage of the beginner, then the Director of bands may place them directly into the Clinic Band. Once the Director of Bands determines that the student has mastered the Clinic Band level, the student will be moved up to the Concert Band.

The Concert Band is the highest level of musical instruction offered by MHSB. These students are experienced musicians with ensemble experience. The Concert Band typically plays grade 2-5 music. Concert Band musicians require the SmartMusic Software.

The Ensembles are for students who desire to learn to play with a smaller group of musicians in order to highlight their skills more. Several ensembles are offered, including Clarinet, Flute, Brass, and Percussion.

Private Lessons will be available through the Music Faculty and through advanced students under the supervision of the Music Faculty.



Midlands Home School Band is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible. MHSB thanks all who support the band through donations and program ads.


We strive to provide students with the best in musical instruction resulting in a high degree of excellence and recognition for their achievements. Last year we had a number of our students seating in Region Band, All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. One of the students making All-State Band also qualified for participation in All-State Orchestra through their strong auditions. Congratulations! to our band students who made Region Band, All-State Band and All-State Orchestra this year!