Composition Contest

The Washtenaw Community Concert Band is pleased and excited to announce its first annual Young Michigan Composers Concert Band Composition Contest. This event is aimed at composers under the age of 30 as of the submission deadline and is intended to encourage and promote the creation of new music for concert band.

The Washtenaw Community Concert Band’s Conductor Emeritus Jerry Robbins, Ed.D., has generously sponsored a cash prize of $2,000 for the declared winner of the event.

To qualify, the composer must meet one of the following criteria:

  • • be a legal resident of Michigan;
  • • or be enrolled, as of the submission deadline date, in a public or private high school in Michigan;
  • • or be enrolled, as of the submission deadline date, in a school/college/university in Michigan;
  • • or have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree from a Michigan college/university.

Composers must not be contractually obligated as an employee or under contract to any publisher or publishers. Composers, otherwise qualified, who self-publish their music are welcome to submit to this contest. The submitted piece cannot be for sale until after the results of the contest have been made known.

We genuinely hope that this event inspires the creation of innovative music for the concert band medium.

Download the full set of rules and application using the links on the right.

Submit your application and send any questions to