National Youth Brass Band of America: Catalyst Composition Competition for Brass Band

The National Youth Brass Band of America Catalyst Composition Competition’s mission is to promote and foster the next generation of American-based composers that will create tomorrow’s brass band music today.

This opportunity is open to high school or collegiate-level composers who are residents of the United States of America. The popularity of the ‘British Style’ brass band genre is increasing across the U.S.A., both in community and educational settings. The Catalyst Composition Competition provides a platform for aspiring composers to explore and create music that combines the core identity of the brass band with inspiration from future generations. The winning composition will be showcased by the National Youth Brass Band of America, as well as youth bands across America and the wider brass band community.

TYPE OF WORK: 5-7 minute concert opener or closer.

PRIZE: $1000 for winning composition
World premiere by the National Youth Brass Band of America in June of 2020

REGISTRATION: Registration can be completed at


DEADLINE: March 28, 2020


Fill out an application at A link to a folder with the below material will be required. The link should stay active for the whole duration of the call and selection process. Accepted systems are Dropbox and Google Drive.

The required material for every work submitted is:
- Recording in mp3, may be electronic version
- Score in pdf
- Notes about the work in pdf/doc
- Notes about the composer (bio) pdf/doc
- Promotional photo of the composer

DIFFICULTY : Comparable to a US Grade 3-4 work. Please also reference 3rd Section ‘test pieces’ as a starting point to help attain the desired standard of difficulty. See attached

LIMITS: There is no limit to the number of works that you can submit. If more than one work is submitted the Application Fee should be paid accordingly.

Submissions will be judged for their originality, artistic promise, technical skill and effectiveness in performance. The decision of the judging panel will be final. The National Youth Brass Band of America reserves the right to recommend that no award be given. Decisions will be announced during April 2020.

WRITING FOR BRASS BAND: Visit or email for more detailed information about writing for brass bands.


28 Mar 2020
U.S. Dollar (USD)