2019 Young Brass Soloist Competition

This event will be held on
Saturday, May 18, 2019
at the Lanier Middle School
2600 Woodhead Street
Houston, TX 77098

Open to brass-playing students in
in junior division (grades 7 – 8)
and senior division (grades 9 – 12)

Houston Symphony Orchestra Judges
Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes
Principal Horn William VerMeulen
Principal Trombone Allen Barnhill
Principal Tuba David Kirk

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!

Duration of your solo piece
Senior division – seven minutes maximum
Junior division – 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 darren@houstonbrassband.org. 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.


Senior Division
First $200
Second $100
Third $50

Junior Division
First $100
Second $50
Third $25


For more information contact: 
Darren Rowan