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REQUIREMENTS (read carefully)

Annual Student Soloist Competition

The Tacoma Concert Band is a nationally acclaimed community symphonic band dedicated to providing its audiences with the highest quality classical and contemporary music.  The student soloist competition reflects our desire to recognize and encourage talented young musicians in the Puget Sound area.  We are now inviting high school brass, woodwind and percussion students to audition and participate in the twenty-fourth annual Student Soloist Competition.


  • Any Puget Sound-area high school woodwind, brass or percussion student who has received the recommendation of his/her high school band director.


  • Participants must be members in good standing of the school band  program.


  • Home-schooled students are encouraged to participate.


  • Perform as a soloist with one of the most respected community concert bands in the nation in the Pantages Theater on February 28th, 2015


  • Receive coaching in style, interpretation and stage presence from the Conductor, Robert Musser, Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound.


  • Receive the Wayne Timmerman Prize of $500.


  • Use this opportunity to gain experience to compete for regional and state solo competitions and college scholarships.

  • The student must perform a live solo audition of sufficient musical substance to demonstrate technical and musical abilities.


  • The piece or movement from a piece must be performed in its entirety, cuts will not be permitted.


  • The performance time of the solo must not exceed 12 minutes.


  • The soloist must be accompanied by piano at the audition. Please be certain to finalize plans with your accompanist.


  • The solo performed at the audition must be the one intended for the performance with the Tacoma Concert Band


  • The solo must have band accompaniment readily available to borrow or purchase. The intended solo must be approved by the Tacoma Concert Band in advance of the competition. Music available as “rental only” may not be acceptable. The cost of purchase will be considered as well.


  • The student must be available for rehearsals and the concert on February 28, 2015.

Tacoma Concert Band's

Annual Soloist Competition Winners

2014 - Katherine Scheerer, basoon -Emerald Ridge High School


2013 - Alex Carlson, bassoon - Olympia High School


2012 - Torsen Necessary, flute - Curtis High School


2010 - Candy Chang, flute - Kentridge High School


2009 - Leah Tott, bassoon - Bellevue Christian High School


2008 - Benjamin Riodl-Ward, bassoon - Stadium High School


2007 - Mia Nafziger, clarinet - Olympia High School


2006 - Morgan Nash, clarinet - Olympia High School


           Melanie Stambaugh - mallet percussion, Ferucci Junior High


2005 - Jens Peterson, tuba - Lakes High School


2004 - Samantha Baker, clarinet - Olympia High School


2003 - Joycelyn Eby, bassoon - Garfield High School, Seattle


2002 - Stephanie Enzmann, flute - Mercer Island High School


2001 - Zoe Hawkins, clarinet - Capital High School, Olympia


2000 - Erik Ibsen-Nowak, saxophone - Stadium High School


1999 - Chris Tiedeman, tuba - Stadium High School


1998 - Ben Lulich, clarinet - Woodway H.S., Edmonds


1997 - James Battle, euphonium - Rogers High School


1996 - Kevin Jones, french horn - Wilson High School


1994 - Jodi Johnson, euphonium - Rogers High School          


1993 - Elliott Sohn, clarinet - Olympia High School


1992 - Torrey Lawrence, tuba - Clover Park High School


1991 - Anthony Christiansen, trumpet - Lake Washington H.S.


1990 - Jason Gilliam, euphonium - Foss High School

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