14th Annual National Collegiate Solo Competition

14th Annual National Collegiate Solo Competition

Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2024

We have extended the deadline for this year’s competition to 11:59pm on Friday, March 15th!  Apply by clicking the button above. We are looking forward to hearing your performances!

Competition Eligibility

The 2024 U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition offers a platform for accomplished woodwind, brass, harp, and percussion instrumentalists currently studying at colleges, universities, or conservatories in the United States. As of January 1, 2024, applicants must be 27 years of age or younger.

Grand Prize:
The winner of this competition will perform as soloist with The U.S. Army Concert Band on June 7, 2024, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. All travel expenses will be covered.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Eligible submissions must feature published arrangements for soloist and band.
  • Performance entries should not exceed a duration of 10 minutes. For pieces exceeding this limit, please submit a single movement or make necessary cuts to adhere to the 10-minute requirement.
  • Submissions must be performed by the applicant, and recordings should remain unedited, without the use of reverb, pitch correction, or similar enhancements.
  • Please ensure that the recording includes the necessary accompaniment for the audition piece.

To facilitate the evaluation process, kindly ensure that your video is accessible without requiring a login. For optimal privacy, we recommend utilizing YouTube’s “unlisted” video settings.

Application Deadline:
To ensure consideration, please submit your online application and uploaded entries by 11:59 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

Contact Information:
For any inquiries or clarifications, please do not hesitate to reach out to Staff Sergeant Chaz Sonoda at ncsc.usarmyband@army.mil.


Submission Instructions

Using the form above, please submit a URL link (YouTube or Vimeo) of a live video (or audio only) recording of the applicant performing the audition piece. Please note:

  1. Recordings must be performed by the applicant 
  2. Recordings may not be edited or have any effects added (reverb, pitch correction, etc.)
  3. Please perform the entire selection
  4. Accompaniment is required

Please make sure that your video is viewable without a login. For the most privacy, we recommend YouTube “unlisted” privacy settings. 

2022 National Collegiate Solo Competition Winner

2021 National Collegiate Solo Competition Winner

2020 National Collegiate Solo Competition Winner

2019 National Collegiate Solo Competition Winner

Past Winners

Year Winner School
2023 Mateo Seghezzo Alvarez, Marimba Sam Houston State University
2022 Matthew Meadows, horn University of Alabama
2021 Landon Chang, saxophone University of North Texas
2020 Salvador Flores, saxophone Northwestern University
2019 Charles "Chappy" Gibb, flute University of North Texas
2018 Trevor Borroero, marimba
2017 Dorien Tate, bass trombone
2016 Sandra Bailey, bassoon
2015 Brittany Lasch, trombone
2014 Christopher Leslie, euphonium
2013 Benjamin Andrews, marimba
2012 Francesco Camuglia, flute
2011 Rachel Perry, saxophone