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March 7-10, 2018

Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia

NATIONAL SOLO JAZZ COMPETITION

The American Trombone Workshop’s National Solo Jazz Competition is one of the most successful and popular jazz trombone competitions in the nation. In addition to providing valuable experience working through the competitive audition recording process, this event offers a venue for outstanding young talent to perform with the prestigious U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. Those interested in competing will find it worth the effort.

REPERTOIRE

  • 3 CONTRASTING SELECTIONS OF YOUR CHOICE

  • ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS ARE ENCOURAGED

  • CREATIVE ARRANGEMENTS OF STANDARDS ARE ENCOURAGED

GENERAL RULES & REQUIREMENTS

Entry recordings should be recorded live with a rhythm section, in CD format or emailed sound files. Live performance recordings and CD projects are acceptable. Please include all contact information directly on the CD. Performers who are selected to advance to the final round will bring three printed copies of the chord changes for their tunes to the morning rehearsal on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 12:30 - 2:00pm. The competition will take place shortly after the rehearsals, from 3:00 - 5:00pm. Finalists will have a maximum of 15 minutes to perform all three selections during their portion of the competition. The winner will perform with The U.S. Army Blues on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30pm. Please remember that your submission will be received along with many others, therefore it is very important that you clearly and accurately mark your submission with the following information:

Name
Pieces
Current Mailing Address
Phone Number
Email Address

AGE REQUIREMENT

Division 1: ages 21 and under (by the date of the competition)
Division 2: ages 22 - 29 (by the date of the competition)

Proof of age (photocopy of driver’s license, visa, or birth certificate) must be provided with the application.

Recordings must be RECEIVED by December 15, 2017 (this is NOT a postmark deadline)

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Materials will be forwarded to the adjudicators on December 15, 2017. NOTE: Tracking number services through postal carriers are highly recommended. Media mail service is NOT recommended. Recordings will NOT be returned to the applicants. Therefore, be sure to keep track of the masters (do not send master recordings, only a high-quality copy on CD).

MAIL RECORDING TO:
The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” American Trombone Workshop
National Solo Jazz Trombone Competition
Attn: SFC Victor Barranco
400 McNair Road
Ft. Myer, VA 22211


Email recording no later than December 15, 2017 to: atwjazzcompetition@gmail.com. Applicants emailing audio files must still submit proof of age and contact information, either in the body of the email or as attached scanned documents. Be sure to block out your social security number or any other personal information beyond what is requested.

Finalists will be notified by January 1, 2018 by email or phone. If selected as a finalist, you will be expected to perform on one selection with The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, March 9, 2018. Selected finalists are responsible for all travel, lodging and meal expenses to and from ATW.

EVENTS

Wednesday, March 7, 12:30 - 2:00pm: Both divisions rehearse with NJTC Rhythm Sections
Wednseday, March 7, 3:00 - 5:00pm: Live Competition
Thursday, March 8, 4:00 - 5:30pm: Winners rehearse with The U.S. Army Blues
Thursday, March 8, 7:30pm: Winners perform with The U.S. Army Blues

FREQUENT CAUSES FOR DISQUALIFICATION

Observance of material delivery deadline (please see above).
Age requirements not met (please see above).
Follow all instructions regarding the labeling of CD and CD container (please see above).