U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition! The winners will record with The Army Blues in August for a virtual live-stream that will be released in the fall of 2021.

Collegiate Division
Austin Ford

Austin Ford - ABSC 2021 College Division Winner

Austin Ford is a jazz trumpeter, composer, and teacher from Portland, Oregon. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas where he was a two year member of their Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. During his time there, he had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Maria Schneider, Gary Smulyan, Regina Carter, and Tom Harrell. When the One O’Clock Lab Band traveled to New York City for the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship, Austin received an outstanding trumpet solo award from Wynton Marsalis. Austin has been a 3 time semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition (jazz division), as well as a 2nd place finisher in the ITG Ryan Anthony Memorial Competition. He also is an avid composer/arranger, with 2 songs - 1 original and 1 arrangement - being featured on the upcoming One O’Clock lab band album “Lab ’21”. Austin currently lives in Denton, Texas where he gigs and teaches private lessons. In his spare time, he loves to hang out with his friends and play music as much as possible.

High School Division
Jonathan Orellana

ABSC 2021 High School Winner - Jonathan Orellana

Jonathan Orellana is a graduate of Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. His musical career began when he was asked to play the drums for his church at the age of six and then soon became part of the worship band. Jonathan began playing the trumpet at the age of ten but didn’t like it until he got to high school and joined the marching band. Throughout high school he dug deeper into the music eventually studying with Dave Detwiler, former lead trumpeter and soloist for the US Army Blues. Jonathan’s introduction to jazz was through the National Jazz Workshop led by former lead trombonist of The Army Blues, Matt Niess. Jonathan will attend the University of North Texas this fall pursuing music education and jazz performance.


U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

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


The 2020 US Army Blues Solo Competition



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