About Pickens Bands
Pickens Bands is comprehensive program that serves over 200 students at Dacusville Middle, Pickens Middle, & Pickens High Schools in instrumental music education. The directors of the three schools collaborate often and have a very close working relationship that helps to provide ease in transitioning from level to level.
Opportunities on the Middle School level include 6th grade beginning band, 7th grade intermediate band, 8th grade advanced band, Festival Trip, local and state individual competitions. Opportunities on the high school level include Marching Band, Pickens Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, & Jazz Ensemble. Within these activities and ensembles students participate in a wide variety of performance opportunities and competitions sponsored by South Carolina Band Directors Association.
In the spring of 2013 PMS Middle School Band received a Superior rating at the SC State Concert Band Festival. They placed several students in All-County and Region Band, and received numerous Superiors at the SC Solo & Ensemble Festival.
Also last spring the DMS Middle School Band received an Excellent rating at the Carowinds Music Festival, placed several students in All=County and Region Band, and received numerous Superiors at the SC Solo & Ensemble Festival
In the fall of 2012 The Pickens High School Marching Band enjoyed a very successful season. They placed 4t at the Upperstate Championships and were awarded advancement to the State Marching Band Championships. The marching band finished 13th out of 32 division 4A bands at State.
In the spring of 2012 the Pickens High School Jazz Ensemble received a s Superior Rating at the SC State Jazz Festival for the 9th year in a row. Also in the spring of 2012 the Pickens Wind Ensemble received a Superior Rating at the SC State Concert Band Festival in Division V.
Individual students in the band program also participate in the Winthrop University Honors Band Clinic, USC Honors Band Clinic, All-County Band, All-Region Band, All-State Band, All-State Jazz Band, and the SC State Solo and Ensemble Festival.
The Pickens High School Band received the coveted "Outstanding Performance Award" in May of 2012 for the 11th time in the history of the school. This is the highest honor awarded by the state to SC Band programs, naming Pickens Bands one of the most comprehensive and successful band programs in the state.