US Army Blues Solo Competition

The U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

2019 U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of the annual U.S. Army Blues Solo Competition! These outstanding musicians will be featured with The U.S. Army Blues on April 28, 2019 in Brucker Hall, and April 29, 2019 in a special Jazz Appreciation Month concert on the Millennium Stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.


Brendan Malloy - Collegiate Division Winner - Guitar

The University of North Texas

Denton, TX

Growing up in York, Pennsylvania, Brendan Malloy began playing the guitar at the age of ten, and quickly developed a passion for the instrument. He was introduced to jazz when he joined his middle school jazz band, and began to formally study jazz in his high school years. His involvement in his high school jazz band as well as various regional and all-state bands helped further his love for jazz guitar. Since fall of 2016, Brendan Malloy has been a jazz studies student at the University of North Texas, where he studies with Dr. Davy Mooney. Brendan is currently a member of the University of North Texas Two O’Clock Lab Band and is an active performer and educator in the Denton/Dallas area.


Nate Stanley - High School Division Winner - Guitar

Broadneck High School

Arnold, MD

Nate Stanley is a guitarist from Annapolis, MD. He is currently a junior at Broadneck High School in Annapolis. As a student in the PVA program (performing & visual arts) he plays in the jazz band, guitar ensemble and PVA house band. In addition to his school activities, he is also active on the local music scene. Nate has led his own band, “The Wayward Locals” since 2015. The Locals have appeared at music venues, festivals and private events throughout Maryland. An avid student of the jazz tradition, Nate regularly seeks mentorship from experienced professional musicians. He recently attended the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah University. He has appeared on numerous occasions with the Annapolis-based Unified Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, he plays electric and acoustic bass with the Anne Arundel Community College Jazz Ensemble.