Sammy Nestico Award
Requirements: An unpublished work for jazz ensemble instrumentation (5,4,4,4). Style and form are unrestricted. Length of the composition should
not exceed 9 minutes.
Eligibility: Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, age 39 or younger as of January 1, 2022. Current military personnel (whether Active Duty, Guard or Reserve) and civilian employees of the U.S. Government are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Entry Materials: Please send score and parts, with the applicant's name removed from all. PDFs via email are greatly preferred. Hard copies are acceptable, but do not send original scores; entry materials will not be returned. Please include a reference recording: live recordings are greatly preferred, but MIDI versions will be accepted. Composer will retain all ownership/publication rights. The U.S. Air Force Band will neither publish nor distribute compositions or arrangements. All applicants should send email correspondence to: email@example.com
Award: $2400 follow-up commission. The winning composition or commission will be premiered at an Airmen of Note concert.
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Requirements: An unpublished work for standard wind ensemble instrumentation.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.
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.
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.