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"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
2020 Marine Band Concerto Competition

2020 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

All application materials are due by Nov. 15, 2019.

“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 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. This final round will be presented as a recital open to the public and live streamed online. The competition's winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2020 in the Washington, D.C. area.


To view and submit the application form, click here.



Concerto Competition Information
2019 COncerto Competition Results

2019 Concerto Competition Winners

1st Place: Euphonium player Peyton Sills is a senior at Madison Central High School in Madison, Miss. He has been a member of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2018 he was selected as an alternate for the Leonard Falcone Festival in the student division. In addition, Peyton received the most outstanding musician award from performing with the Mississippi Bandmasters Association All-State Concert Band.

Runner-Up: Flute player Israel Perez is a senior at South Salem High School in Salem, Ore. He has performed in the Salem-Keizer All-City Honor Band from 2013-19, with the 2019 National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) All-Northwest Orchestra, was second flute in the 2017 Oregon All-State Orchestra, and first flute in the 2018 Oregon All-State Orchestra. He won the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, placed third at the Oregon Music Educators Association District Solo Competition, placed second at the 2018 State Solo Competition, placed third in the 2018 Vernon L. Wiscarson Young Musicians’ Competition, and was also recently named Honorable Mention at the Oregon Music Teacher National Association’s Senior Woodwind Competition.

2019 Concerto Competition Finalists

Flutist Israel Perez of Salem, Ore.

Clarinetist Krystal Wu of Ellicott City, Md.

Bassoonist Donald Schweikert of West Sayville, N.Y.

Euphonium player Peyton Sills of Clinton, Miss.

Percussionist Joseph Batterman of Oconomowoc, Wis.