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USC School of Music Receives Historic Donation

Former USC Director of Bands, James K. Copenhaver, hopes his donation will help students in offsetting the cost of their music education Former USC Director of Bands, James K. Copenhaver, hopes his donation will help students in offsetting the cost of their music education

By: Philip Weiss

The University of South Carolina's School of Music has received its largest donation to date.

Former USC Director of Bands James K. Copenhaver donated one million dollars to the schools scholarship fund Thursday morning.

Copenhaver hopes that his donation will allow students to concentrate on their music instead of worrying about how they will pay for their education.

"It's hard for a lot of kids to get money to come to school," said Copenhaver. "Often times they have to work and they have to work while they go to school and they can't do the band activities."

Dean of Music Tayloe Harding says Copenhaver's donation will create multiple scholarships for years to come.

"It could provide us up to fifty thousand dollars a year of scholarship money," says Harding. "That will produce a variety of new scholarships and a really significant enhancement to scholarships that already exist."

But as Copenhaver explains, it is not just his donation that matters.

"It's important that we continue to raise scholarship funding for these students so that they can continue in the band program here at USC."

Copenhaver became the university's Director of Bands in 1976, a position he held for 34 years.  During his time at USC he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He retired in 2010.

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