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Sammy Nestico Award 

Requirements: An unpublished work for jazz ensemble instrumentation (5,4,4,4). Style, form and length are unrestricted.

Eligibility Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, age 39 or younger as of January 1, 2019, except those actively involved in a military music program, whether active duty, reserve or guard.

Deadline: February 1, 2019 

Entry Materials: PDFs via email or hard copies are acceptable. Please include a reference recording, midi or live. Do not send original scores. Entry materials will not be returned. Composer will still retain all ownership/publication rights. The U.S. Air Force Band will neither publish nor distribute compositions.

Award: $2500 follow-up commission. The winning composition will be premiered at an Airmen of Note Jazz Heritage Series concert or similar event. Winning composers will be provided with a recording of their work by the Airmen of Note.


Arnald Gabriel Composition Contest

Requirements: An unpublished work for standard wind ensemble instrumentation. Minimum instrumentation should be one per part, maximum will be 1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 English Horn, 2 Bassoons, 3 standard B-flat Clarinet, 1 Eb Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxophones, 1 Tenor, 1 Baritone, 6 Trumpet/Cornet combined, 4 F Horns, 3 Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Tuba, 4 Percussion, Timpani, Harp and Piano/Celesta

Eligibility: Open to citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, ages 18-26 as of January 1, 2018, except those involved in a military music program whether active duty, guard or reserve. 

Deadline: TBD

Entry Materials: To apply, please send PDFs via email or hard copies to the address listed below. Make sure to include your date of birth with your submission. Also include a reference recording, either midi or from a live performance. Please do not send original scores; entry materials will not be returned. Winning compositions should be considered purchased by The U.S. Air Force Band after monetary compensation. The Band will only retain one purchased copy (score/parts).  The composer will still retain all ownership and publication rights. The U.S. Air Force Band will neither publish nor distribute the compositions.

Performance/Contest Details: The winning professional composition will be world premiered at a Concert Band Guest Artist Series Concert or similar event in Washington, DC. The winning composers will be provided with a professionally produced recording from the performance. The composition will be considered for inclusion on a future Concert Band recording. Finally, the winning composer will be offered a commission to compose a new work exclusively for the Concert Band.


George Howard Concerto Competition

Eligibility: Open to citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, ages 18-24 as of January 1, 2018, who are currently enrolled in a college or university. (Proof of student status is required)

Entry Materials: Please send a recording with piano accompaniment via email to the address listed below.  Applicants may perform and submit up to two movements of standard concerto repertoire. Before submission, please verify a concert band accompaniment for the selected concerto is published and available.

Deadline: TBD

Performance Details: The winner will perform with the Concert Band as part of The U.S Air Force Band Guest Artist Series or similar event in Washington, DC. Lodging will be provided while visiting our nation’s capital to rehearse and perform with the Concert Band. Finally, the winner will be provided with a professionally produced recording from the performance.