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"The President's Own"

United States Marine Band

Colonel Jason K. Fettig, Director
Concerto Competition for High School Students

2021 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

Apply by Nov. 15, 2020.

“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. Second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships respectively.


The final round of competition will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 in 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 18, 2021 in the Washington, D.C. area.


IMPORTANT NOTE: After the 2021 competition, the next opportunity for musicians of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments to apply will be for the 2023 competition. The 2022 concerto competition will be open to string and piano players only.




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2020 COncerto Competition Results


  • First: Aaron Lipsky of Arden, NC: Clarinet
  • Second: Will Cole of Mount Ida, AR: Trombone
  • Third: Austin Shilling of Fort Worth, TX: Saxophone


  • Jake Alford of Lexington, KY: Tuba
  • Addison Bosch of Albuquerque, NM: Trumpet
  • Will Cole of Mount Ida, AR: Trombone
  • Caleb Hutchings of Medford, OR: Bassoon
  • Nicholas Ivy of Seminole, FL: French Horn
  • Aaron Lipsky of Arden, NC: Clarinet
  • Austin Shilling of Fort Worth, TX: Saxophone
  • Faith Shim of River Vale, NJ: Flute