U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2021


2021 U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

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 a video broadcast recorded between Monday, August 9, and Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Winners must be available to record in Washington DC on these dates.

Download the 2021 Flyer!

Submission Instructions

All application materials are due on June 07, 2021. Winners will be notified no later than June 20, 2021.

Questions? E-mail MSG Regan Brough.

Competition Eligibility

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.
  • Eligible instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and vibraphone.
  • All application materials are due on June 7, 2021
  • 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.

Collegiate Division

  • Open to U.S. citizens age 26 and younger as of May 1, 2021, currently enrolled in a college, university, or conservatory in the United States, or who graduated from a degree program in December 2020.
  • Eligible instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and vibraphone.
  • All application materials are due on June 7, 2021
  • 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.

Repertoire

  • Bye Bye Blackbird (Ray Henderson) Head and improvised choruses; quarter note = 136 BPM
  • In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) Head and improvised chorus; ballad tempo
  • The total recorded submission should not exceed 8 minutes in length
  • Moose The Mooche (Charlie Parker) - Head and improvised choruses; quarter note = 200+ BPM
  • Embraceable You (George Gerswhin) - Head and improvised chorus; ballad tempo
  • Along Came Betty (Benny Golson) - Head and improvised chorus; quarter note = 112 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)

High School Division

Year Winner School
2019 Nate Stanley (Guitar) Broadneck High School (Arnold, MD)
2020 Ronan Zwa (Saxophone) The Bullis School (Potomac, MD)

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


2019 U.S. Blues Solo Competition Winner Nate Stanley

Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2021




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