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Call For Scores
Initiative for expanding contemporary repertoire for band and orchestra.


"The President's Own" opens the 2024 Call for Scores in an effort to expand contemporary repertoire for string orchestra and provide an opportunity for composers of all ages to have their work performed and recorded by a professional ensemble. Composers are invited to contribute a new work of 7-15 minutes in length for a String Orchestra of nine (9) violins, three (3) violas, three (3) celli, and two (2) basses.

Learn more about the requirements and prize below, and submit your work here.


Composer Requirements and Licensing
  • Submission deadline: May 1, 2024

  • The composition must be new, original, and never before premiered. New transcriptions or arrangements of pieces composed earlier by the applicant are not permitted.

  • The contest is open to composers 18 years of age and older. 

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.  

  • No former members or immediate family members of the U.S. Marine Band may apply

  • U.S. Marine Band requests a gratis sync license in perpetuity

  • U.S. Marine Band requests gratis permission for future performances



The winner will be notified by September 2024 and will receive:

  • World-première performance by “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra during the 2025 Winter/Spring Concert Series.

  • $5,000 honorarium from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

  • Travel expenses to a rehearsal and world première performance (originating within the continental United States)

  • Audio and Video files of the première performance

  • U.S. Marine Band requests the right to the first performance

  • U.S. Marine Band requests the right to the first recording within one-year of première