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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 Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does the pianist (or accompanying ensemble) need to play the entire introduction of a piece when the introduction is rather long?

Answer: The accompanist does not need to play the entire introduction. Applicants are welcome to have as much or as little introduction as he/she sees fit.

Question: I play trumpet. Can I play my selection on the B-flat or C trumpet?

Answer: Either instrument is acceptable.

Question: I play saxophone. Can I play my piece on tenor/bari/soprano?

Answer: The saxophone selection must be performed on the alto saxophone.

Question: Can I use digital music (e.g. computer-loaded practice software) as

my accompaniment?

Answer: Yes.

Question: I am a clarinet player performing the von Weber piece. How do these guidelines apply to my piece: “If the work is multi-movement, select the first or last movement. If the work is through-composed, play the piece in its entirety unless otherwise specified.”

Answer: A through-composed piece should be played in its entirety. In this case, the applicant should play the entire work.

Question: Does the accompaniment need to be played throughout the entire piece?

Answer: If it is through-composed (not broken into movements), then the accompanist does need to accompany through all of it. If the piece has movements, then the accompanist should follow the rules of the music.

Question: Can a work of appropriate difficulty be substituted?

Answer: No.

Question: Can I send my teacher recommendation separately?

Answer: No. Applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Question: How should I mark my CD?

Answer: Place your full name directly on the CD/cassette or on the CD/cassette label.

Question: Can I send a DVD rather than a CD or cassette?

Answer: Yes. Please mark clearly that it is a DVD.

Question: Is this competition open to U.S. citizens only?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is this competition open to relatives of Marine Band members?

Answer: The competition is not open to immediate family of Marine Band members, such as brothers/sisters or sons/daughters. All other relatives (i.e., cousins, nephews, nieces) may apply.

Question: Can I apply if I won a previous Marine Band Concerto Competition?

Answer: No. Previous winners of the Marine Band Concerto Competition are not eligible to apply again.

Question: Will my application materials be returned?

Answer: Only if you include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope.

Question: How many finalists do you accept?

Answer: This varies from year to year, but usually fewer than 10.

Question: How will I be notified if I am a finalist?

Answer: Based on the application materials, finalists will be selected and notified by mail by Jan. 1. Finalists’ names will be posted on www.marineband.marines.mil the first week of January.

Question: If I am a finalist, what will the final round competition be like?

Answer: The finals will be held in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C., as a public recital (Date TBD). Finalists will perform the same selection submitted with their application materials. The Marine Band will provide a pianist to accompany each contestant for the final round. Contestants will have the option to be coached by a Marine Band soloist during their rehearsal with the pianist.

Question: If I win, what will the concert be like?

Answer: The winner(s) will be invited to perform their solo selection in concert with the Marine Band in the Washington, D.C., area as part of “The President’s Own” Showcase Series.

Question: Is there only one winner?

Answer: Judges may select more than one but no more than two winners. The Marine Band reserves the right to not select a winner.

Question: If I am selected, how will I get to Washington, D.C.?

Answer: Contestants selected for the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C., will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Travel back to Washington, D.C., for the final performance will be

provided for the winner(s) and one guardian.

Question: How much is the cash prize?

Answer: $2,500

Question: What is the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation?

Answer: The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation directly supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways that might not otherwise be available through appropriated funds. Visit www.marineheritage.org.

Question: What is The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)?

Answer: National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world's largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Download 2014 Application

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.