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In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band is pleased to announce its 1st annual Young Artists Competition.  Winners of the competition will appear as a guest soloists with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and receive music scholarships.

2012 Competition:
The competition is open to all brass and percussion musicians enrolled during the 2011-2012 academic year.  The competition will be divided into a high school division and a collegiate division.  Collegiate performers must be actively enrolled in college and under the age of 25 by January, 25th 2011.

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.  Video performances may be submitted by DVD, digital video file, video disc, internet website, video tape, flash drive, or uploaded to our website.  Applicants must complete the appropriate online application form on our website or print the application and mail it to the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

Applications and video auditions must be completed online or postmarked by January 25, 2012.  Mailed applications can be sent to the following address:
PO Box 3
Mt. Vernon, IA  52401

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

Final Round:
Based on the video submissions, finalists will be selected and invited to Mt. Vernon, IA to compete in a final round that will be open to the public.  All finalists will be notified by February 5, 2012.  The finals will be held at 3pm on Sunday, February 19th, in the Mt. Vernon District Auditorium.  Finalists will perform the same selection submitted with their application materials.   Students must provide their own accompanists for the final round.

The winner will be invited to perform their solo selection on a concert with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in Mt. Vernon, IA on April 28, 2012.

2012 Competition Timeline: 

  • Audition materials must be completed online or postmarked by  January 25, 2012
  • Finalists will be notified on or before February, 5, 2012
  • Finalist round in Mount Vernon, IA, Sunday February 19, 2012
  • Winner announced on February 22, 2012
  • High school winner rehearse with EIBB on April 19, 2012
  • High school and collegiate winner rehearse with EIBB on April 26, 2012
  • Concert performance with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band on April 28, 2012

Collegiate Entry Information

High School Entry Information

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


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