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"The President's Own"


"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Marine Band Concerto Competition

2018 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 scholarship.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. The final round is presented as a recital and is open to the public. The winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the Washington, D.C. area.


Watch an interview with 2013 co-winner trumpeter Rebecca Oliverio. 

Read about the 10th Anniversary of the Competition and Where the Winners are Now


2018 Concerto Competition Finalists

Tessa Vermeulen of Elmhurst, IL, flute

 Jennifer Wang of Chicago, IL, flute
Daniel McCarty of Lubbock, TX, bassoon
Jordan Savage of Scottsdale, AZ, alto saxophone
Robert Black of Vernon Hills, IL, tuba

2018 Application

Hard Copy Application

Electronic Application