Formed in 2005, the RoseWind Duo consists of Scott Herring, percussion and Clifford Leaman, saxophones. They have performed widely across the USA and abroad, including appearances at The University of South Carolina, The University of Southern Mississippi, the 2007 NASA Region 7 Conference in Greensboro, NC, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association State Conference and the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C. A tour in November of 2007 took the duo to Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois. In May 2010, the duo performed and taught classes at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, (Zaragoza, SP) the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, (Barcelona, SP) the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, (FR) and the Selmer Paris Showroom.
Scott Herring holds the position of Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of South Carolina. At USC, Herring directs the Percussion Ensemble and the Palmetto Pans Steel Band. Previously he served as Assistant Professor of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and a Masters degree and Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University. While residing in Chicago, he performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the batons of Daniel Barenboim, John Adams and Pierre Boulez. He has presented clinics and concerts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Michigan and Texas as well as a clinic at the 2002 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a New Music Reviewer for Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society and as Vice-President of the South Carolina Chapter of PAS. Herring is an endorser of Innovative Percussion mallets and sticks, Grover Pro Percussion, Pearl Percussion and Adams Keyboard instruments. His primary teachers include Michael Burritt, Mark Ford, James Ross, and Harold Jones.
Professor of saxophone at the University of South Carolina, Clifford Leaman received the Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in performance from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Donald Sinta. He served on the faculties of Furman University, Eastern Michigan University, and The University of Michigan prior to his appointment at the University of South Carolina. Leaman is in great demand as a soloist and clinician and has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain and China, where he was a featured guest artist for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Yantai International Winds Art Festivals and the 2005 Xi’an International Arts Festival. Leaman, in collaboration with pianist Derek Parsons, formed the Ambassador Duo in 1990; and they have released three critically acclaimed compact discs on the Equilibrium label. Leaman is also featured on a variety of recordings of solo and chamber works for Redwood Records, CRS, and the University of Arizona Recordings. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Leaman has commissioned and given the world premiere performances of numerous works, including concertos by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, Leslie Bassett and Michael Colgrass. His recording of the Bassett with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra is also available through Equilibrium Records (EQ-63). Leaman is an artist-clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and D’Addario Reeds performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones and D’Addario Reserve Reeds.
The RoseWind Duo performs music in a wide variety of musical styles, and is highly sought-after for performances and masterclasses throughout the United States. The duo released their debut compact disc of new works for saxophone and marimba, Release (Equilibrium Recordings, EQ-92) and is committed to furthering the repertoire for this genre through the commissioning of new works.