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 inviting high school brass, woodwind and
percussion students to audition and participate in the
29th annual Student Soloist Competition.
Any Puget Sound-area high school woodwind, brass or percussion student who has received the recommendation of their 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 April 23, 2022
Receive coaching in style, interpretation and stage presence from the Conductor, Gerard Morris, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound.
Receive the Wayne Timmerman Prize of $300.
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. The
piece performed must be of high musical and
technical substance and quality. The piece must be
approved in advance of the competition by the
Tacoma Concert Band
• 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.
The soloist is responsibile for providing their own
The solo performed at the audition must be the one intended for the performance with the Tacoma Concert Band.
The piece selected must have a band
accompaniment easily and readily available to
borrow or purchase. Music available as “rental only”
will not be acceptable. It is the responsibility of the
soloist to research the availability (publisher or
source to borrow) of the band arrangement and the
cost to purchase. If the selected piece is not
approved by the Tacoma Concert Band for the
competition, the student must select a different
The student must be available for rehearsals and the concert on April 23, 2022.
• Not all applicants will be selected to audition
-Applications postmarked or submitted electronically
no later than 11/12/2021
University of Puget Sound, 12/4/2021
-Rehearsals at the Broadway Center:
Wednesdays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20
(Soloist’s Time TBA)
-Concert at the Pantages Theater:
April 23rd at 7:30pm
Signatures may be required at the time of audition
if the student is selected.
2019 - Hugo Bliss, French Horn
2018 - Jennifer Rhee, flute - Puyallup HS
2017- No Selection
2016 - Tyler Ussery, percussion - White River
2015 - Andrew Rink, tuba - Emerald Ridge
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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