William D. Revelli Composition Contest
The William D. Revelli Composition Contest has awarded prizes since 1977. It is named after Dr. William Revelli, who served as Director of Bands at the University of Michigan for 36 years, and served as NBA President from 1976-78. It is the desire of the National Band Association that the winning compositions from this contest reflect its mission in helping further the cause of quality literature for bands in America. Additionally, works chosen as winners should be those not only of significant structural, analytical, and technical quality, but also of such nature that will allow bands to program them as part of their standard repertoire. As a result, a glance through our list of past winners will reveal some very familiar names.
Each year the contest receives approximately 50-80 entries from all over the world. Entries range in scope and quality and are from new to well established veteran composers. During the evaluation process, entries are narrowed down to a select number of finalists, which are brought to Chicago each December during the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. There, a panel of leading public school, university, and military band directors meets to determine a winner. It is the policy of this committee to announce the winner only. No runners up are announced.
A special thank you to Jupiter Instruments for their $5,000 sponsorship of this composition contest.
2016 Contest Winner: Philip Sparke
Each year, the NBA William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest Committee gathers at the Midwest Conference to select the piece they believe best reflects the mission to help further the cause of quality literature for bands in America. The 2016 winner is Philip Sparke with his A Colour Symphony. For more on the work, click here. For more information on Philip Sparke, visit his website.
Previous Winners of the NBA/William D. Revelli Composition Contest
|Philip Sparke||A Colour Symphony||Anglo Music Press||2016|
|Paul Dooley |
|Masks and Machines|
|Oliver Waespi||Audivi Media Nocte||Hal Leonard-deHaske||2013|
|Michael Schelle||The End of the World||Composer||2012|
|Steven Bryant||Ecstatic Waters||Composer||2010|
|John Mackey||Aurora Awakes||Composer||2009|
|Steven Bryant||Suite Dreams||Composer||2008|
|Steven Bryant||Radiant Joy||Composer||2007|
|Frank Ticheli||Symphony No. 2||Manhattan Beach||2006|
|Philip Sparke||Music of the Spheres||Anglo Music Press||2005|
|Joseph Turrin||Illuminations for Solo Trombone and Wind Symphony||Composer||2004|
|Pro Nova Music|
Boosey & Hawkes
|Joseph Spaniola||Escapade||Musica Propria||2001|
|David Kechley||Restless Birds Before the Dark Moon||Pine Valley||2000|
|Donald Grantham||Southern Harmony||Piquant||1999|
|Donald Grantham||Fantasy Variations||Piquant||1998|
|Warren Benson||The Drums of Summer||Composer||1997|
|Donald Grantham||Bum's Rush||Piquant||1995|
|Jeffrey Hass||Lost in the Fun House||Composer||1994|
|James Syler||The Hounds of Heaven||Composer||1993|
|Ron Nelson||Passacaglia, Hommage to B-A-C-H||Ludwig||1992|
|Mark Camphouse||To Build a Fire||TRN||1991|
|Paul Epstein||The Adventures of Matinee Concerto||Composer||1990|
|Gordon Ring||Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion||Composer||1989|
|Martin Mailman||For Precious Friends Hid in Death's Dateless Nights||Ludwig||1988|
|Anthony Iannaccone||Apparitions for Symphonic Band||Ludwig||1987|
|Michael Colgrass||Winds of Nagual||Fischer (Rental)||1985|
|Arthur Gottschalk||Concerto for Wind and Percussion Orchestra||Composer||1984|
|Gregory Youtz||Scherzo for a Bitter Moon||TRN||1983|
|David Gillingham||Concerto for Bass Trombone and Band||Fischer (Rental)||1981|
|Byron Tate||Between Worlds||Composer||1980|
|Jerome Sorczek||Variations for Band||Composer||1977|
|No Award Made||1982|
|No Award Made||1986|
NBA / Merrill Jones | Young Band
Merrill Jones Young Band Composition Contest
The NBA/Merrill Jones Memorial Young Composer Band Composition Contest was established in 1991 as a memorial to Merrill Jones, co-owner of Wingert-Jones Music Company, by his widow, Priscilla Jones. Mr. Jones was concerned always with helping the young composer. NBA past president Robert (Bob) Foster suggested a young composer contest, which would promote works for young bands. The result was a contest for composers under 40 years of age to be held every other year, now in the even numbered years, and which would produce works for concert band in the Grade 3-4 category.
Works must not exceed eight (8) minutes in length, must be the original work of the composer, and not be under contract to any publisher. Deadline for submission is November 1st. The contest is held every two years unless no winner is chosen. Wingert-Jones reserves the right of first refusal for publication. The current prize to the winner is $2000. The winner is announced at the NBA General Membership Meeting at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago following a meeting of the contest committee. The contest committed is chaired by NBA member Dennis Zeisler.
2018 Merrill Jones Contest Application (not available yet)
2016 Contest Winner: Joshua Hummel
Joshua Hummel of Bloomfield, Connecticut is the 2016 winner of the NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Contest. Mr. Hummel’s winning composition is entitled Fanfare for the Appalachians: I-77. He writes about his work: “I-77 weaves through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. In the early mornings the Great Smokies are shrouded in a thick mist, and in the autumn the mountains are bursting with color. It’s a stunning drive, loads of fun. A destination road if ever there was one.”
Hummel loves being creative and loves to inspire people to secure a brighter future by using the arts to help them enrich their lifestyles, environments and attitudes. He owns an award-winning composition studio in Connecticut, and his music has been performed in Carnegie Hall and throughout the US, as well as Paris, Croatia, Perugia, Rome, London and Moscow. Hummel holds an M.A. in Theatre and a MMus. in Composition and has studied with professors from the Hartt School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and Juilliard. Other composition awards include nine choral awards, the Frederick Fennell Prize and the Leonard Bernstein Award.
To hear a recording of Fanfare for the Appalachians: I-77, and for more information on Joshua Hummel and his music, visit his website.
Contest Selection Committee
- Chair: Dennis Zeisler, Old Dominion University (VA)
- Lt. Kelly Cartwright, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band (HI)
- A.G. “Mack” McGrannahan, retired (NV)
- Nan Moore, Male High School (KY)
- Mike Oare, Great Bridge Middle School (VA)
- Scott Pierson, Yelm High School (WA)
- Paul Popiel, University of Kansas (KS)
- Mickey Stisher, LaPorte High School (IN)
- Scott Weiss, University of South Carolina (SC)
Previous Winners of the NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Contest
|Joshua Hummel||Fanfare for the Appalachians: I-77||2016|
|David Faleris||Of Chivalry and Valor||Composer||2014|
|Jess Turner||Exultant Heart||Wingert Jones||2012|
|Jack Hughes||After Rain||Wingert Jones||2010|
|No Award Given||2009|
|Ryan Main||The Clash||Wingert Jones||2007|
|Brett Dietz||shards of glass||Wingert Jones||2005|
|Jonathan Newman||Moon by Night||Wingert Jones||2003|
|Samuel Hazo||Novo Lenio||Wingert Jones||2001|
|Charles Rochester Young||Legends of the Northern Wind||Southern||1999|
|No Award Given||1998|
|Robert T. Smith||Panther Fire||Southern||1996|
|David Checketts||Festival de Ladrones (Festival of Thieves)||TRN Publishers||1994|
|Robert Cronin||A Soldier's March||Wingert Jones||1992|
NBA / Alfred Publishing | Young Band
Alfred Publishing Young Band Composition Contest
Sponsored by Alfred Publishing
The NBA/Alfred Publishing Young Band Composition Contest is sponsored by Alfred Publishing. Special thanks to composer and music educator Robert Sheldon for his support and guidance in establishing this special partnership with the National Band Association. This young band contest seeks to find composers writing for grades 1-3. There is a cash prize for the winner, plus the possibility of the winning work being published in Alfred’s Young Band catalog. The next contest year is 2016. For information, email the contest chair, Audrey Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2014 Contest Winner: Dr. Erika Svanoe’s The Haunted Carousel
Erika Svanoe is a conductor, composer, educator, and wind band specialist in the greater Twin Cities (MN) area. Originally from Whitewater, WI, her previous roles include Director of Bands at Bemidji State University, co-director of the Bemidji Area Community Band, Director of Athletic Bands at the University of New Hampshire, and Director of Bands at Mukwanago (WI) High School.
Svanoe has commissioned and premiered works by Andrew Boysen, Asako Hirabayashi, and Matt Saunders, and has worked with artists such as Joe Burgstaller, Douglas Monroe, and Kevin Daley. She holds a DMA in Conducting from The Ohio State University, where she served as conductor of the OSU Collegiate Winds, assistant conductor of the OSU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, and taught undergraduate conducting classes. She also holds an Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. She has been an active adjudicator and clinician in New England and the Great Lakes region since 2003. Svanoe’s research on Aaron Copland has been published in the WASBE Journal and presented at the CBDNA national conference. She served as the Collegiate Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.
Svanoe is an honorary member of KKPsi, and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Performance credits include clarinet and bass clarinet with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, saxophone with the Bemidji Big Band, and EWI with the MIDiots contemporary electronic music ensemble, of which she was a founding member. She is also the creator of Marrying Mr. Darcy, the Pride & Prejudice card game. She currently lives near Minneapolis with her husband, designer and graphic novelist Erik Evensen. For more on Erika Svanoe, visit erikasvanoe.com.
2012: Clifton Jones – Rondo Picoso
2014: Erika Svanoe – The Haunted Carousel
NBA Young Composers | Jazz
NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest
Who May Enter
Anyone 39 years of age or younger by July 1 each year
A work for jazz band with no restrictions as to style, form, or length
Full score and compact disc recording of specified instrumentation
Next Entry Deadline
July 1 each year
Brian Logan, Jazz Composition Contest Chair
Cassio Vianna Wins NBA’s Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest for 2016