High School Division

The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is pleased to announce its 9th annual Young Artists Competition.  The high school winner will appear as a guest soloist with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and receive a $500 cash prize.

2020 Competition:
The competition is open to all high school brass and percussion musicians enrolled during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Application Guidelines:
Applicants must select a work which has a brass band accompaniment available.  A partial list of compositions is available on our website.  Any solo feature which has a published brass band accompaniment available is appropriate for the audition.   Solo may not exceed fifteen minutes in length.  Applicants must submit a video recording of their performance in its entirety without cuts and accompanied by piano, band, or ‘smart’ accompaniment.  Any submissions that contain cuts/edits in the performance will be immediately disqualified from the competition.  Video performances may be submitted by DVD, digital video file, video disc, internet website, or flash drive.  Applicants must complete the appropriate online application form on our website or print the application and mail it to the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

If you have any questions regarding the rules, please write or call before submitting your audition.

Applications and video auditions must be completed online or postmarked by February 15, 2020.  Mailed applications can be sent to the following address:
PO Box 487
Solon, IA  52333

Contestants may petition the board of directors of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band for any deviation to the rules.

Winners Selected:
Based on the video submissions, winners will be selected and notified by February 28, 2020.

The winner will be invited to perform their solo selection on a concert with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, likely during our spring concert (date TBD).

2020 Competition Timeline: 

  • Audition materials must be completed online or postmarked by  February 15, 2020
  • Finalists will be notified on or before February 28, 2020
  • Winner announced on website February 28, 2020
  • First rehearsal with EIBB (likely during April)
  • Second rehearsal with EIBB (also likely during April)
  • Concert performance with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, likely during a spring concert in April

The Eastern Iowa Brass Band board of directors reserves the right to cancel and/or not select a winner for the competition.

Click here for HIGH SCHOOL entry form