Registration page for the 2018 Young Brass Soloist Competition

This event will be held on Saturday January 27, 2018
at the Lanier Middle School, 2600 Woodhead Street, Houston, TX 77098

Open to brass-playing students in
in Middle School (grades 6 – 8)
and High School (grades 9 – 12)

Houston Symphony Orchestra Judges
Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes
Principal Horn William VerMeulen
Principal Trombone Allen Barnhill
Principal Bass Trombone Phillip Freeman

Selection of your solo piece
Our judges, each a Principal brass player with the Houston Symphony, are interested that you perform a piece that can be played with beautiful musicality. This consideration is more important than challenging technical components. Choose something beautiful, where you can sing!

Seniors – seven minutes maximum
Middle school – five minutes maximum
The Houston Brass Band will provide a piano accompanist. Because the accompanist will need to see their music, you are required to supply copy of the piano accompaniment score prior to the competition. Ideally this should be sent electronically to If that is not possible please mail the score to our PO Box:
Houston Brass Band, PO Box 981011, Houston TX 77098-8011

Each student auditioning is required to supply four copies of their part to the judges prior to the competition, in order that the judges can make notations on the part, which will be returned to you.

You will receive an arrival time via email. You will check in at the band hall which is in the rear of Lanier Middle School.

Professional, ties and jackets optional.
Boys – Dress shirt, pants, and shoes.
Girls – Dress blouse, pants or skirt, and shoes.


High school
First $200
Second $100
Third $50

Middle school
First $100
Second $50
Third $25


Please fill out the form below and submit your credit card or account payment via PayPal.



For more information:
Jim Shields 


Payment Information:

$25 / student

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Or mail your payment via check to the Houston Brass Band:

Houston Brass Band
PO Box 981011
Houston TX 77098-8011