NBA/William D. Revelli Composition Contest
NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest
Sponsored by Bob Rogers Travel
The William D. Revelli Memorial 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.
2020 Contest Winner: Brian Balmages
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 2020 winner is Brian Balmages with his winning work titled Love and Light.
Brian Balmages is an award-winning composer and conductor whose music has been performed throughout the world with commissions ranging from elementary schools to professional orchestras. World premieres have included prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His music was also performed as part of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, which was attended by both President Obama and Vice President Biden. He is a recipient of the prestigious A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association and in 2016 was awarded the James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Visual and Performing Arts (the first year the award was given). In the same year, he was commissioned by his other alma mater, the University of Miami, to compose music for the inauguration of the institution’s 6th president, Dr. Julio Frenk.
As a conductor, Balmages enjoys regular engagements with all-state and region bands and orchestras, as well as university and professional ensembles throughout the world. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, College Band Directors Conference, American School Band Directors Association National Conference and others. Additional conducting appearances have included the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as well as engagements in Australia, Canada and Italy. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and his master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. Currently, he is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University.
For more information on the composer and his work, visit his website.
Contest Selection Committee
- Chair: Matthew McCutchen, University of South Florida
- Terry Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Marcellus Brown, Boise State University (ID)
- John Burn, Homestead High School (CA)
- Catharine Sinon Bushman, St. Cloud State University (MN)
- Col. Jason Fettig, United States Marine Band (DC)
- Arris Golden, Michigan State University
- Jennifer Hamilton, Red Mountain High School (AZ)
- Chadwick Kamei, Pearl City High School (HI)
- Tremon Kizer, University of Central Florida
- Diane Koutsulis, Retired (NV)
- Jason Nam, Indiana University
- Scott Rush, Fine Arts Supervisor, Dorchester School District (SC)
- Shanti Simon, University of Oklahoma
- John Thomson, Roosevelt University (IL)
Previous Winners of the NBA/William D. Revelli Composition Contest
|Brian Balmages||Love and Light||Canzonique Music Company||2020|
|Omar Thomas||Come Sunday||Composer||2019|
|Wayne Oquin||Song for Silent Voices||Composer||2018|
|James Stephenson||Symphony No. 2 "Voices"||Composer||2017|
|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 (Homage on 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|
|No Award Made||1986|
|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|
|No Award Made||1982|
|David Gillingham||Concerto for Bass Trombone and Band||Fischer (Rental)||1981|
|Byron Tate||Between Worlds||Composer||1980|
|Jerome Sorczek||Variations for Band||Composer||1977|
NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Contest
NBA/Merrill Jones Memorial Young Band Composition Contest
The NBA/Merrill Jones Memorial Young 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 Paul Popiel.
2020 Contest Winner: Tom Davoren
Every two years, the NBA Merrill Jones Memorial Young Band Composition Contest Committee gathers at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago to select a work which best reflects the ideals of this committee. The 2020 winner is Tom Davoren with his winning work titled A Midwestern Suite.
Tom Davoren (b.1986) is a composer and band director with a growing international reputation. His music for bands has been premiered, recorded and commissioned the world over by artists including ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Cory Band, Philippe Schartz (Principal Trumpet BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Glenn Van Looy (International Euphonium Soloist) and Steven Mead (International Euphonium Soloist).
Performances of his work have been given at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the BASBWE London Festival, Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass, World Music Contest (Kerkrade), Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (South Korea), International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, International Trumpet Guild Conferences, Schagerl Brass Festival, Swiss Solo Quartet Championship and the solo and band sections of the National Band Championships of New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. He also has a special relationship with the Belgian ensemble Brassband Buizingen, acting as their Associate Composer through 2015 / 16 and became Composer in Residence with the Band of the Welsh Guards, of the Household Division of the British Army, in 2019.
Away from traditional band repertoire Davoren composed a fanfare for the Royal opening of the fifth National Assembly for Wales in 2016 whilst his work ‘Legacy’, commissioned by Tredegar Town Band and the Aneurin Bevan Society, celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the British National Health Service through a performance at Westminster Palace, the Houses of British Parliament. His first work for orchestra, Tourbillon, was premiered by Denmark’s Aalborg Symfoniorkester in 2017.
As a conductor Davoren began his career with the BTM Band from South Wales. He has since gone on to success as Musical Director of Desford Colliery Band, Associate Conductor of the Fairey Band, and Musical Director of Bristol’s Filton Concert Brass, who he has established as one of the United Kingdom’s newest championship bands. In 2015 he directed Maidstone Wind Symphony to the National Concert Band Championship title and was honoured to serve as conductor of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales in 2016. He has also led conducting students and directed the brass band at the University of Salford since 2016. You can view his contesting history at www.brassbandresults.co.uk.
Davoren studied tuba with Nigel Seaman at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition having studied with Anthony Powers and Arlene Sierra at Cardiff University School of Music. In 2009-10 he was awarded a research scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Welsh Livery Guild Composition Award. He was also a BASCA British Composer Award nominee in 2011, a prizewinner at the EBBA European Composers Competition 2012 and the recipient of a Harvey Phillips Award for excellence in composition, presented by the International Tuba Euphonium Association, in 2014.
For more information on this composer and his music, visit his website.
Contest Selection Committee
- Chair: Paul Popiel, University of Kansas
- Lt. Cmdr. Kelly Cartwright, U.S. Navy Fleet Band Activities (TN)
- Nan Moore, Retired (KY)
- Brooke Johnson, Miami University (OH)
- Scott Pierson, 133rd Army Band (WA)
- Mickey Stisher, Retired (IN)
- Chris Chapman, Central Michigan University
- Brian Walden, Samford University (AL)
- Sarah Labovitz, Arkansas State University
- Charles Page, Valley View Fine Arts Center (AR)
Previous Winners of the NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Contest
|Tom Davoren||A Midwestern Suite||2020|
|James M. David||With Soul Serene||Wingert Jones||2018|
|Joshua Hummel||Fanfare for the Appalachians: I-77||Wingert Jones||2016|
|David Faleris||Of Chivalry and Valor||Wingert Jones||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 Young Band Composition Contest
NBA/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. For information, email the contest chair, Audrey Murphy.
2022 Young Band Composition Contest Application
2020 Contest Winner: Brooke Pierson
The National Band Association is pleased to announce that The Lighthouse Keeps Watch by Brooke Pierson is the winning composition of the 2020 NBA/Alfred Young Band Composition Contest.
Brooke Pierson (b. 1987) is an award winning composer, conductor and teacher of the year nominated educator out of Ypsilanti MI. His music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad by groups such as the West Point Band, Michigan State University, the Dallas Winds, the Canadian Royal Air Force Band, and the Banda Musicale Città di Seriate, as well as renowned solo and chamber musicians. In 2018 his piece for brass ensemble “Rise Up” was selected as a winner of the Dallas Winds fanfare competition and in February of 2020 he received the world premiere performance of his Concerto for Tuba and Wind Orchestra with the West Point band (cond. Tod Addison and Keith Kile, soloist). Pierson writes music of all levels with a focus crafting compositions that are equally artistic and accessible to performers and audience members alike.
Pierson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Michigan State University and is currently Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the Washtenaw International High School and Middle Academy (Ypsilanti, Michigan), teaching Orchestra, Band, Music History, Music Culture, and Music Composition. He has held this position since the school’s inception in 2011 where he developed the new program. He also served as the music director of Grace Lutheran Church (Howell, MI) for eight years as organist and musician.
Pierson is a member of ASCAP and his music can be found with Excelcia Music Publishing, C. Alan Publications, and Taurus Music Publishing.
To learn more about The Lighthouse Keeps Watch and composer Brooke Pierson, visit his website.
Contest Selection Committee
- Chair: Audrey Murphy, Hopewell Middle School (GA)
- Gregory Denson, East Cobb Middle School (GA)
- Arris Golden, Michigan State University (MI)
- Tyler Grant, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (GA) / Composer
- Tiffany Hitz, Rachel Carson Middle School (VA)
- Christopher Shumick, Milton High School (GA)
2020: Brooke Pierson – The Lighthouse Keeps Watch
2018: Andrew Perkins – Gradients
2016: Haley Woodrow – And it Begins
2014: Erika Svanoe – The Haunted Carousel
2012: Clifton Jones – Rondo Picoso
NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest
NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest
Sponsored by University of Florida Bands
Due to the current pandemic, the National Band Association Young Composers Jazz Competition will be placed on pause until July 15, 2021. With the cancellation of the The Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference, any selected winner would not have the opportunity for their composition to be performed by one of the premiere Washington, D.C. military jazz ensembles nor would they have their piece recorded by the Midwest Clinic. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you submitted a composition for 2020, you are welcome to submit the same piece again next year. This will give many of you the opportunity to re-submit with a live recording. If you submitted a composition by July 15, 2020 and will no longer meet the age limit for 2021, we will accept your 2020 submission. The deadline for next year’s competition is July 15, 2021. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Have a question? Nee more Information?
Email Erich Rivero, Jazz Composition Contest Chair
2019 Contest Winner: Jorge Machain
Jorge Machain’s original composition, Por Ahora (For Now), won the 2019 NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest. The work was performed at the 2019 Midwest Clinic by the United States Navy Commodores, directed by MUCS William Mulligan, on Thursday, December 19th at McCormick Place.
Born in 1993, Jorge Machain is a Mexican native who currently calls Las Vegas his home. He is an active musician in the Las Vegas scene having played shows such Showstoppers at the Wynn, Zombie Burlesque in Planet Hollywood, Georgia On My Mind at the Venetian Hotel, to name a few. Jorge graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and is currently working towards completing his Master of Music in Jazz Composition.
In addition to performing, he composes for both classic and jazz ensembles. He has won multiple Downbeat awards for his arrangements and was a finalist in the 2018 NBA Revelli competition for his piece Bite the Bullet, commissioned by Thomas Leslie, Director of Bands UNLV, finalist of the Morton Gould Young Composer Competition for 2019, and winner of the 2019 NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest for his original composition Por Ahora. Upcoming premiers include a drum set concerto written for Bernie Dresel, commissioned by Thomas Leslie, and a trombone solo commissioned by Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Learn more about this composer and his music here.
2019: Jorge Machain – Por Ahora
2018: Matt Horanzy – Init 1
2017: No prize awarded
2016: Cassio Vianna – April Song
2015: Jessika Smith – Cyan Thread
2014: Sean Nelson – Every Possible History of the Universe
2013: David von Kampen – Hodie Christus Natus Est
2012: Brendon McMullin – Sal y Pimienta
2011: Susumu Watanabe – Duodecim