Young Brass Soloist Competition

The Houston Brass Band is proud to announce the Fifth Annual Young Brass Soloist Competition.
This event is open to brass-playing students in junior division grades 7 to 8 and
senior division grades 9 to 12. 

The Event

The Fifth Annual Competition
was held on May 18, 2019.
Congratulations winners!
Check back for details on the next Young Brass Soloist Competition.

The Judges

The Senior Division will be judged by esteemed members of the Houston Symphony: 

  • Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes 
  • Principal Horn William VerMeulen
  • Principal Trombone Allen Barnhill
  • Principal Tuba David Kirk

Judging the Junior Division will be a panel of musicians from the Houston Brass Band. 

Selection particulars


Our Judges 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!


Senior division – ten minutes

Junior division – eight minutes

Entrants are strongly encouraged to perform with piano accompaniment (piano provided). With prior written notice, an accompanist will be provided at no cost to the entrant. 


In addition to the cash prizes below, there will be exclusive performance opportunities for the winners of each division. 

Senior Division 

First $500
Second $250
Third $150

Junior Division 

First $250
Second $125
Third $75


For more information contact:

Darren Rowan 

Contest Coordinator

t. 832-933-0648



Click on the button below to register for the event

Please note:
Junior and Senior Divisions – SOLD OUT
Contact Darren Rowan (contact info above)
for more information