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USC band to hold 2nd annual Copenhaver band scholarship golf tournament

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Casual observers might not have been able to see it but in the past few years the University of South Carolina marching band has made big changes.

"The University has really put in an effort to invest in the band and make it one of the best in the SEC, so we've seen the numbers grow over 60 percent," said Nick Annan.  "We were down around 230, and now have 360 students in the marching band."

But band alumnus Nick Annan says there could be more.

He along with the local chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the band's fraternity, are hosting their Second annual James Copenhaver golf tournament next Friday.

"I've had a wonderful career here, as director of bands for 34 years," said James Copenhaver.  

In 2011, the long-time director donated a $1million to go toward music scholarships, helping students who previously may have to trade music for a part-time job.

"The University does provide a scholarship to the students in marching band, but there is still shortfall to be made up," Annan said.  

It's been a few years since Annan has worn the uniform, but he remembers the benefit, both to the students and school.

"It's like a big family they get into, and really sense of commitment to the school and a sense of belonging," Annan said.  

As of Friday, they had around 40 people who'd signed up to play and are hoping for more, ensuring that the "Mighty Sound of the Southeast" stays that way.

"It helps create the great atmosphere we've had, and to become one of the most intimidating home environments to play in the SEC," Annan said. "The band has been a part of that."

The tournament will be held Nov. 22 at Indian River Golf Course at 9 a.m.

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