U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

Application Deadline: Feb 7, 2022


As the premier jazz ensemble of The United States Army, The U.S. Army Blues is a group of historical importance whose repertoire honors and remembers some of the most important eras in American history. Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, the Army Blues strives to fulfill its mission through public concerts and education outreach; representing the professional excellence of the Army while preserving the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.

In an effort to further this mission and highlight the excellence of the next generation of jazz musicians, the Army Blues will host a solo competition to recognize and celebrate talented young musicians.

The winning soloists will be featured with The U.S. Army Blues in April 2022 in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month

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The US Army Blues Solo Competition

Submission Instructions

All application materials are due on February 07, 2022. Winners will be notified no later than February 20, 2022.

Questions? E-mail MSG Regan Brough.

Competition Eligibility

  • Eligible instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and vibraphone.
  • Click the “Apply Here!” button to submit a link (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.) to a video recording of the applicant performing the required musical selections in their entirety, with live rhythm section, play-along recording or metronome. Please ensure the video is viewable without a login. For the most privacy, we recommend YouTube “unlisted” privacy settings. Do not e-mail video files.

High School Division

  • Open to U.S. citizens currently enrolled in DC-area high schools (grades 9 - 12), to include the District of Columbia, Prince Georges Co., Montgomery Co., Howard Co., Anne Arundel Co., Baltimore Co., Fairfax Co., Fairfax City, City of Falls Church, Prince William Co., Loudoun Co., Arlington Co., Alexandria City. Applications may be accepted from students who do not live in these jurisdictions, but have a connection to them through either a musical organization or a private teacher.

Collegiate Division

  • Open to U.S. citizens age 26 and younger as of May 1, 2022, currently enrolled in a college, university, or conservatory in the United States, or who graduated from a degree program in December 2021.

Repertoire

  • Au Privave (Charlie Parker) Head and improvised choruses; quarter note = 170-180 BPM
  • Misty (Erroll Garner) Head and improvised chorus; ballad tempo
  • The total recorded submission should not exceed 8 minutes in length
  • Caravan (Duke Ellington) - Head and improvised choruses; quarter note = 200+ BPM
  • Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van-Heusen) - Head and improvised chorus; ballad tempo
  • Blues For Alice (Charlie Parker) - Head and improvised chorus; quarter note = 160 BPM
  • The total recorded submission should not exceed 12 minutes in length

Past Winners

Collegiate Division

Year Winner School
2019 Brendan Malloy (Guitar) The University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
2020 Liam Sutcliffe (Trumpet) Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
2021 Austin Ford (Trumpet) The University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

High School Division

Year Winner School
2019 Nate Stanley (Guitar) Broadneck High School (Arnold, MD)
2020 Ronan Zwa (Saxophone) The Bullis School (Potomac, MD)
2021 Jonathan Orellana-Sanchez (Trumpet) Westfield High School (Chantilly, VA)

2019 U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition Winner Brendan Malloy


2019 U.S. Blues Solo Competition Winner Nate Stanley


The 2020 US Army Blues Solo Competition


The 2021 US Army Blues Solo Competition

Application Deadline: Feb 7, 2022




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