Tuba Solo Competition

Tuba Solo Competition

Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2023

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The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” is proud to host the annual Solo Competition as a part of the Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, January 31 - February 3, 2024. This year, we are pleased to spotlight the tuba as our solo instrument.

General Rules & Requirements

  • For the primary round, all applicants must prepare a quality recording of the required pieces.
  • Recording must be received by November 1, 2023.
  • No editing of any type is permitted within each piece.
  • Selected participants are responsible for all transportation and lodging expenses. All selected participants will perform with piano accompanists provided by the TEW.
  • Final round for those selected will take place live on February 1, 2024 at Brucker Hall on Ft Myer, VA.
  • The winning performer will be invited to give a recital at the 2025 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop.
  • Participants must not be a full-time paid professional performer or university professor. People of all genders, race and ethnicities are welcome to compete. There is no age limit.

Recording Guidelines

  • Recordings must be uploaded to YouTube. Video titles are to be set as: TEW Solo Competition 2024, Name, Title of work. For example: TEW Solo Competition 2024, Andrew Dougherty, Chicken Dance
  • There is to be no editing of any audio or video within a movement. Submissions do not need to be continuous in between movements. Feel free to record movements separately, but all movements of the same piece MUST still be submitted as one YouTube video link.
  • There should only be ONE YouTube link submitted PER PIECE.
  • If a work does not contain movements it MUST be recorded in one take.
  • The performer must be continuously visible throughout the entire performance.
  • Submissions must be recorded from a single camera position. If recording separate movements the performer must be in a consistent position.
  • All separate recordings of movements or works must be done in the same recording space. Failure to submit congruent videos may be considered reason for disqualification.
  • Be sure to carefully set mic gain levels during recording and utilize appropriate mic/camera placement when making your video. If necessary, normalize the audio before submitting. (Adjustment to the overall recorded volume of the submission does not constitute as editing for nefarious purpose and will not disqualify a submission.)
  • "Automatic gain" features should be disabled on your recording device to allow for an accurate dynamic representation of the performance.
  • Video submissions should have audio and video properly synced. Out of sync audio and video may be considered reasons for disqualification.
  • Make sure to preview your final video before AND after you upload it to ensure that the video remains in-sync throughout your performance.
  • Recordings must be available on YouTube with the "public" setting at least until results are officially released.
  • Insufficient recording quality may result in disqualification. 


Primary Round (Recorded) Repertoire

Title Composer Publisher
Unaccompanied Suites BVW 1007-1012 for Tuba - Suite 1: Sarabande Bach, Arr. Ralph Sauer Cherry Classics
Contraptions for Solo Tuba - I. Pulleys, Gears, Cogs and Levers; IV. Bulldozer Miles Cimarron Music Press

Live Round Repertoire

Title Composer Publisher
Concerto for Tuba and Strings (Full concerto) Plau Ovation Music

Submission Instructions

To apply, please email the following items to SSG Marc Placencia:

  • Unedited YouTube video link of the the required repertoire
  • Phone number
  • Email Address
  • A short biography to be included in the TEW Program

Apply Here!