Lauren Meccia is Director of Bands at USC Aiken and leads the University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. She also serves as Instructor of Saxophone at USCA and is the founder and director of the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) New Horizons Band, a beginning band for adults. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Music in Education with a Certificate in Saxophone Performance and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from the University of South Carolina. Active in jazz and concert music, Lauren has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Palmetto Concert Band, Aiken Big Band, and the Assembly Quartet, and has appeared in concert with the Temptations and with Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. She is director of the SCMEA (South Carolina Music Educators) Band Directors’ Big Band. Lauren appeared as a guest soloist with the Minot Symphony Orchestra and the Florence Symphony Orchestra in 2011, with the Minot State University Concert Band in 2013, and performed at the World Saxophone Congress XVII in St. Andrews, Scotland in 2012.