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Call For Scores

Annual Call for Scores

This Call for Scores is an effort to continue the expansion of contemporary repertoire for winds and percussion, and provide an opportunity for composers of all ages to have their work performed and recorded by a professional ensemble. “The President’s Own” invites composers to contribute a new work of 7-15 minutes in length for Winds and Percussion. Composers may write for any combination of the following instrumentation from as few as 8 musicians to as many as 36 musicians maximum:

3 Flutes, 2 Oboe/English Horn, 2 Bassoons, 1 Contrabassoon, 4 Clarinets (any kind), 4 Saxophones (any kind), 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba, Double Bass, Piano, Harp,  Timpani + 4 Percussion


Composer Requirements and Licensing
  • Submission deadline: May 1, 2023

  • 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. 

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent residents 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 2023 and will receive:

  • World-première performance by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band during the 2024 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