Competitions & Events

Please note that all dates / times / schedules / locations are preliminary and subject to change. All event details will be finalized and posted at the earliest possible moment. Check the schedule frequently!

Event and audition information for competitions in South Carolina can be found at

All-County Band

7th & 8th Grade (a few 6th grade selected by the directors)

Students are selected for the All-County Band through an audition process.  All band students are eligible to participate; however, first year band students should discuss with the band directors or their private lesson teachers whether they are ready to audition. Currently, there is no clinic or performance associated with this band.

District 4 Region Band

7th & 8th Grade (a few 6th grade selected by the directors)

The Region Band is selected by audition from band students throughout southern South Carolina. Auditions are held in January and the clinic is scheduled for a Friday and Saturday in February. The clinic culminates in a concert on Saturday afternoon. Students selected for the band are required to attend the clinic.

South Carolina All-State Band

(selected students)

The All-State Band is a group of students selected by audition from the top one-third of each of the five region bands. This band is the highest individual honor available to a band student in South Carolina. It is a musical All-Star Team. If selected, the student is required to attend the All-State Band Clinic held at Furman University in March. 

Concert Festival

(7th Grade Concert Band and Symphonic Band ~ selected 7th & 8th grade)

This event is held usually in March and is the culmination of our year's preparation. It is an adjudicated contest to evaluate our performance as a musical ensemble.

Solo and Ensemble

(selected students, all grades)

This event is a performance opportunity for individual students and small group ensembles and occurs is May. It is a state-sanctioned event normally held in May.  Students receive awards for Excellent and Superior performances.

Florida Music Festival

(7th and 8th grade)

Cario Band travels to Florida annually to either compete in a musical festival or participate in a workshop. Eligible students have the opportunity to compete in a musical experience designed for talented middle, junior high and high school music performing groups in an educational setting.

Carowinds Music Festival (6th grade)

The annual music festival at Carowinds in Rock Hill, SC is a reward trip for eligible students and offers a great opportunity to "break in" the beginner band to competitive band events.

  • Carowinds Music Festival Friday, April 24, 2015