The New York Staff Band is pleased to announce the third annual NYSB Composer Contest.

Below you will find a description of the guidelines, eligibility and submission requirements for the competition.

Please direct all questions to Brindley Venables at


APPLICATION DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on September 1,

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to anyone, excluding current NYSB members.

WINNING PRIZE: The winning piece will be published in the New York Staff Band Signature series and will also be recorded on a future NYSB recording.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Full brass band score and parts (Sibelius, Finale or PDF
formats only please); midi file; and application should be submitted to
or emailed to by September 1, 2020.

ADJUDICATION: All submissions will be adjudicated by a panel from the USA Eastern
Territorial Music Department who will study each score and determine three finalists. The
NYSB will then perform the pieces (in rehearsal) and vote for the winner.


-The piece should be written for full brass band scoring.
-The total length of the piece should not exceed 9:00 minutes.
-The piece may not have already received a premiere, been published or recorded. In
addition, the piece should not be awaiting publication with any publisher.
-The piece should contain a Christian public domain song.


-All pieces must be sent by September 1, 2020 to or uploaded at
-All applicants must submit the following:
I. Full brass band score and set of parts (Sibelius, Finale or PDF formats only
II. Midi file
III. Completed application form (online at