Middle School Honor Band Clinic


Limestone Music Academic Logo


The Middle School Honor Band Clinic is 
November 19-21, 2015

 Conductors for the 2015 Middle School Honor Band Clinic are:
Mr. Mike Doll, Special Guest Conductor
Mr. Ryan Williams, Limestone College Assistant Director of Bands

Our Clinicians for 2015:

Mike Doll is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and a graduate of Dorman high School.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University and a Master of Music Education degree from Winthrop University.

    Mr. Doll serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at East Cooper Baptist Church and the band director at Palmetto Christian Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  His responsibilities include the church orchestra, the handbell choir, the Arts Academy and the middle school band classes.  He currently plays Euphonium in the Palmetto Concert Band.

Mike Doll

     Mr. Doll served as the band director at Rawlinson Road Middle School in Rock Hill, South Carolina for fifteen years.  During that time he also served as an assistant band director at Northwestern High School.  Under his direction, the Rawlinson Road Band consistently earned Superior ratings at concert festival and other state and regional events.  His band was awarded fourteen consecutive Outstanding Performance Awards.  In addition to his normal teaching duties, Mr. Doll is also active as a clinician for MakeMusic, Inc. promoting both SmartMusic practice tools software and Finale notation software.

    Mr. Doll was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” award for Rawlinson Road for the 1998-1999 school year and then severed as the District Teacher of the Year for Rock Hill School District Three from 1999-2000.  He currently holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the South Carolina Music Educator’s Association.

    Mr. Doll lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with his beautiful wife Susan, his daughter Abigail (who is playing flute in his band today), his sons Andrew, Jonathan and Timothy.


Mr. Ryan Williams first began composing music as a freshman in high school in Mechanicsburg, PA. Since then, he has been an active as a composer, arranger, clinician, and performer for more than 15 years. 

Following his initial passion for composition, Williams has written many works for a variety of forces, both large and small, with a notable focus being on the wind band. To flesh out his craft, Williams attended West Chester University where he earned his Master of Music Theory and Composition in 2014 and his Bachelor of Music in 2003. While studying at West Chester University, he had the opportunity to work with

Ryan Headshot

renowned composers and scholars such as Dr. Robert Maggio, Dr. Adam Silverman, Dr. Lex Rozin, Dr. Mark Rimple, Dr. Andrew Yozviak, and Dr. Larry Nelson. It was during this time that he was selected for the 2014 Charlotte New Music Festival and won the 2014 West Chester University NOW Music Society Speedwriting Competition for an accompanied clarinet piece “Chicken with No Stones, Baby with No Bones.” Building off this success, his master’s thesis, “Pasíon y Fuego,” was a four-movement tour de force for Wind Ensemble, highlighting a different section of the band through Latin dance styles before culminating in a passionate tango. Now, Williams receives commissions for all levels of music, ranging from beginning students and middle school band and to professional musicians. His works have been performed across the Eastern United States and have been described as “a cut above the rest” and “sophisticated” by American composer Mark Camphouse.

In addition to being a composer and arranger, Williams is also a technician, clinician, and educator for various groups in the marching arts. After receiving his bachelor’s in music, Williams returned to school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from York College in 2005 in order to properly prepare for this endeavor. As a result, Williams has worked with 32+ competitive and non-competitive high school bands, college bands, and drum corps over the last 17 years across the northeast. With his leadership, these groups have earned many local, regional, and circuit-wide championships. In 2015, he accepted the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, and continues to empower his students in order that they may leave the program ready to be educators themselves. Notwithstanding his success in this area, however, Williams’s main passion lies in the Drum and Bugle Corps world. Williams served as the tuba technician for the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012 through the 2014 season, and in 2015, he served as the tuba technician and brass instructor for the 2015 World Champion Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. For 2016, he will serve as the tuba technician for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in Allentown, PA.

As a performer, Williams has 5 years’ experience marching with DCA and DCI drum and bugle corps, earning the 1996 DCA World Championship with the Harrisburg Westshoremen and being a 2000 DCI Finalist with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2002, he enlisted with the 307th Army Reserve Band from Fort Dix, NJ. Later, with the 78th Army Reserve Band, he served as an instrumentalist, arranger, and composer for 13 years. In addition, Williams has been involved with Tuba Christmas, a massive gathering of low brass to play Christmas tunes, in four different states. His duties included working to establish new concerts and serving as conductor at two locations’ multiple venues.

Presently, Williams lives in Gaffney, SC, where he actively serves as a freelance performer, working with school band and theatre productions, a clinician with local school programs, and composer and arranger for groups around the country.


What Honor Band members receive:

Selected members for the Middle School Honor Band Clinic will receive quality instruction, lunch and dinner in the Limestone College Dining Hall, an honor band tee shirt and braclet, a free concert, and the opportunity to perform with students from around North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.


How to be selected into the Honor Band:
Band Directors will nominate their students for the Honor Band programs using the form below.
Please note that the Middle School Honor Band Clinic is November 19-21, 2015.

Middle School Honor Band:
Click Here for the Band Director Nomination Form
Forms are due no later than Monday, October 12, 2015. Selection information and further details will be sent to directors by Monday, October 19, 2015.



  • October 12: All nominations are due to Limestone College
  • October 19: Band Directors will receive information on who is selected
  • November 2: Registration forms are due back to Limestone College
  • November 19-21: Middle School Honors Band Clinic at Limestone College!

More details and a schedule of events for the clinic can be found here: 2015 Schedule and Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Patrick K. Carney
Associate Professor of Music Education
Director of Bands
864.488.4508 (office)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. Ryan J. Williams
Assistant Director of Bands
Director of Recruiting
864.488.4381 (office)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it