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Columbia, South Carolina Music Guide
SCIWAY's guide to Columbia
music and musicians is divided into four sections.
- The first is devoted to Columbia's professional and recreational orchestras, symphonies, choirs, and quartets. In short, it covers choral and classical music in Columbia.
- The second section includes non-profits and other organizations that seek to encourage musical education and enjoyment.
- The third list compiles Columbia bands and singers who either play shows in clubs and concerts or produce CDs; these bands focus on rock, blues, bluegrass, country, etc.
- The fourth section spotlights wedding and party bands and is an excellent resource for Columbia-area parties, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, festivals, and corporate functions.
1. Columbia SC Symphonies, Choirs & Classical Music
- Árpád Darázs Singers
This Midlands choral ensemble performs a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works including sacred, secular, accompanied, and a capella.
- Benedict College Gospel Choir
The Benedict College Gospel Choir has been ranked the number one collegiate gospel choir in the United States time and again. The choir performs at urban churches, rural churches, schools, other college campuses, civic auditoriums, and national events.
- Columbia Choral Society
Formed in 1930, the Columbia Choral Society holds open auditions for all who enjoy singing and learning about music, specifically choral works.
- Columbia Community Concert Band
The Columbia Community Concert Band is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has over 80 musicians who perform an average of five concerts each season.
- Congaree New Horizons Band
The Congaree New Horizons Band is comprised of 80 senior adults with varying levels of musical experience. The program has grown to four ensembles: the Congaree Concert Band, the Saluda Shoals Explorer Band, the Beginner Band, and the Crescent Moon Jazz Band; it has a chamber music group as well.
- Heart of Columbia Chorus
This musical group specializes in a capella, using four-part harmony in the barbershop style, and performs at festivals, community events, and at an annual competition.
- Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra
Performing four to six concerts per year, Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer community orchestra comprised of amateur and semi-professional musicians who perform a varied repertoire of classical music, light classical music, and pops music.
- Lexington County Choral Society
With over 100 members in this community choral group, Lexington County Choral Society specializes in major choral works and choral anthems.
- Palmetto Concert Band
The Palmetto Concert Band is composed of professional and semiprofessional musicians from throughout South Carolina. The band performs annually for the University of South Carolina Band Clinic in February, at its Memorial Day Concert in May, and on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
- Palmetto Mastersingers
Palmetto Mastersingers is an all male chorus that performs everything from The Beatles to Beethoven and Mozart to Motown.
- Palmetto Opera
This group strives to promote local talent while bringing professional opera to the Midlands and South Carolina, so that there is an entertainment, educational, and economic impact on the community and state.
- Palmetto Percussion
Based in Central, South Carolina, Palmetto Percussion is a non-profit youth organization ensemble that competes in the WGI national competition circuit as well as local regional circuits.
- Ridge View High School Chorus
The Chamber Choir consists of 16 students ranging from 9th-12th grade and performs at various community and district events, including local church services, elementary programs, basketball games and more.
- Sandlapper Singers
The Sandlapper Singers consist of an ensemble of 30 singers who perform American choral music, past and present, at three concerts annually.
- South Carolina Philharmonic
The South Carolina Philharmonic, based in Columbia, performs and promotes high-quality, professional symphonic music.
– Youth Orchestra
The South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras is sponsored by Richland County and provides more than 200 students each year with the opportunity to participate in one of three orchestras. Auditions are open to anyone aged 8 through 18.
- 246th Army Band
The 246th Army Band was federally recognized in 1939 and is made up of 40 Soldiers who serve in the South Carolina Army National Guard.
2. Columbia SC Music Appreciation & Education
- Columbia Music Teachers Association
This non-profit professional organization for independent and collegiate music teachers is dedicated to the enhancement of the art of teaching musical skills and understanding.
3. Columbia SC Bands & Recording Artists
- After Midnight
After Midnight is a Columbia-based pop, rock, and funk quintet that performs a rich cache of original songs.
- Black Bottom Biscuits
The Biscuits play old-time country and rockabilly music throughout South Carolina and the Southeast at festivals and concert stages as well as barbecue joints and honkytonks.
- Buried Voices
The Buried Voices are a hard rock four-piece band from Lexington, SC.
- Coconut Cowboy Band
Coconut Cowboy, a four-piece variety band with a country flavor, plays covers of Buffet to Skynyrd plus a little Motown and Praise.
- Danielle Howle
Danielle Howle is a singer-songwriter from Columbia, South Carolina who plays folk and rock music either as a solo musician or with her band the Firework Show.
- David Michaels
Solo guitar singer from Columbia, SC, playing country, Americana, pop, blues, and beach music on an acoustic guitar.
- Day Clean
Day Clean is a soul, hip hop, folk, and blues duo out of Columbia, South Carolina.
- Elliott and The Untouchables
Elliott and the Untouchables is a blues band playing everything from Chicago boogie to Delta blues and Texas shuffles to West Coast jumpin' blues.
- Frontier Sons
Frontier Sons blends aspects of indie rock and alternative rock while honoring their Southern roots.
- High Lonesome Mountain River Coal Train
This four-piece bluegrass band plays Friday nights at Bill's Music Shop and Pickin' Parlor along with festivals throughout South Carolina.
- Hootie and The Blowfish
Hailing from the University of South Carolina, this internationally-known quartet has reached number one on the Billboard chart and blends pop, folk, blues, soul, and rock.
- Interstate Exiles
This rock-and-roll cover band from Columbia plays gigs at bars and private events around the state.
- Night Vision
This Columbia-based group specializes in dance, country, beach, blues, and Southern rock and is available for gigs around South Carolina.
- Scarred Worship
Scarred Worship is a contemporary worship band which plays at fairs, festivals, benefits, churches and private events.
- Scotland Bailey
Scotland Bailey is a Christian rapper who fuses hip-hop, pop, rock and R&B music to bring positive messages to youth.
- Sugarloaf Mountain Boys
Sugarloaf Mountain Boys is an old-timey bluegrass band from Columbia, South Carolina that performs at festivals, pickin' parlors, weddings, and more.
- Wide Open Band
The Wide Open Band bills itself as the "Midlands' favorite party band" and plays in venues in and around the Columbia area.
- Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass
Based in West Columbia, this high energy traditional bluegrass and gospel group is composed of seasoned musicians playing both original songs and classic favorites.
- Youth Model
Local Columbia, SC, musician Matt Holmes goes solo with his pop rock band, Youth Model.
4. Columbia SC Party Bands & Wedding Musicians
- Blackbeard's Truck
Based out of Columbia, SC, this cover band specializes in rock and country music. Blackbeard's Truck is a party band which caters to fraternities, sororities, and weddings in South Carolina.
- Bob Michalski the Sax Player
Bob Michalski plays instrumental hits on his saxophone all around South Carolina for weddings, churches, and corporate parties.
- Carolina Hayride
Carolina Hayride is a four-piece bluegrass band from Columbia playing parties, weddings, rehearsal parties, corporate events, and festivals.
- Coastal Breeze Band
Coastal Breeze Band is a Columbia party band which can be booked for wedding receptions, corporate functions, festivals, and parties, covering all genres of music from beach, soul, jazz, blues, and funk to pop, disco, country, and rock & roll.
- Hearthstone Rhythm Band
Hearthstone Rhythm Band is a traditional South Carolina bluegrass band available for parties, weddings, BBQ's, receptions, festivals, and church gatherings.
- Mama's Home Cookin' Band
This eight-piece cover band specializes in rhythm and blues, disco, country, big band, old style rock and roll, and more. Mama's Home Cookin' Band plays weddings, parties, and private events around South Carolina and the Southeast.
- Men of Distinction
Hear familiar songs from genres of jazz, big band, country, Carolina beach, Motown, rock, Southern rock, soul, and Top 40 dance hits of the 70s & 80s.
- Palmetto Blue
A mix of musicians young and old, this Columbia-based bluegrass band mixes old favorites, lively fiddle and banjo tunes, old time country songs, and acapella. Find them playing parties, festivals, BBQ's, wedding receptions, square dances, corporate functions, private events, and fundraisers.
- Pantasia Steel Band
Pantasia is a steel drum band available as a duo, trio, and quartet playing Caribbean, calypso, and reggae music for Columbia SC weddings, corporate events, festivals, family reunions, birthday parties, and schools.
- Ross Holmes Band
The Ross Holmes Band features covers songs from the genres of big band, beach classics, rhythm & blues, and other popular party music performing for weddings, corporate events, and private parties in the Columbia SC area.
- Sensational Epics
Based out of Columbia, the Sensational Epics are a nine-piece party band featuring six horns along with a rhythm section playing beach, rhythm & blues, and soul music for fraternities across South Carolina and the Southeast.