2010 Ohio Brass Arts Festival Composition Contest

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  1. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    In past years, OBAF has dictated the format for compositions (2008-March, 2009-Hymn). This year’s composition contest will accept pieces written for traditional British-style brass band instrumentation, of any format with a performance length of 3-5 minutes. Pieces should have been completed after December 1, 2009 and not yet performed or recorded.

    Entries should be submitted with complete score and parts as either a .pdf (letter not A4 format), or .sib file to ohiobrassarts@gmail.com no later than 5pm EST on Friday, March 20, 2010. If some other format is needed, please contact the festival organizers at the same e-mail address.

    The OBAF committee “sincerely apologize about the short notice, but it has taken us some time sort out the format changes, which we believe will benefit all entrants.”

    Up to ten finalists’ compositions will be performed at the Friday evening portion of the Ohio Brass Arts Festival (April 2, 2010) by the Repertoire Band. The winning piece will receive a cash prize of $200 (US) and honorable mentions for several other pieces will be recognized. The winning piece will not be tied into a publishing contract. These changes are based on feedback received by composers over the past several years.

    The purpose of the contest has always been to encourage new pieces for the brass band genre that are accessible for most bands to play. The format and publishing changes should allow for greater variety of entrants, as well as greater exposure for their pieces, as the Repertoire band should be able perform and record (for the composers) more than just the three finalists, as has been the case in past years.

    Past winners have included:
    2009 - “American Landscape” – Benjamin Tubb
    2008 - “Battle Axe” - Darrol Barry

    The 2010 Ohio Brass Arts Festival will take place April 2-3 at Weigel Hall, The Ohio State University. Additional festival information can be found at www.ohiobrassbands.com or Facebook as the event “2010 Ohio Brass Arts Festival.”
  2. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    If you send a Sibelius file, please save it as a Sibelius 5 or lower version.

  3. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Congrats to this year's finalists (especially tmper Will the Sec)
    Airpower by Edwin de Neijs
    Promoted to Glory by William Ellsom
    When Annie Met Lydia by Ian McElligott
    Iguazu by Christian W. Overhead
    El Matador by Keith Terrett
    Celebration Flourish by Terry Treherne
    Vengeance (Tonnau’r Cawr) by Cai Isfryn
  4. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Why, thank you. I am disappointed that LBB's entry, "The little F and G march" was not selected, though.
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Best of luck, Will!
  6. Well, Cai is a talented composer - so best of luck to him!
  7. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member


    Blooming bureaucracy. I mistimed it, and it only lasted 2 mins 59 seconds, and I have no way to save in Sibelius 5 or lower ;)
  8. honey bun

    honey bun Active Member

    Well done Christian - all the very best and good luck from all your fellow players at Raunds Temps :clap:
  9. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Actually Will sent your piece in for you (as a pdf, which was allowed...which also means we didn't realise it were a second under time); However, it were a bit ****, and frankly, many found the title F---in' G-- a bit offensive:eek:. So that 's why it were eliminated!!
  10. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    It being a second under, was the reason I did not send it in, as I couldn't justify altering the tempi. It would be appreciated if you could return the pdf file to Will, and ask when he sought my authority to submit the work, so that I can delete it and start again.

    Next year watch out for
    March "Purple Hayes"
    Dedicated to 1st Baron Acton, KCVO, DL

    Under my pen name Ferdinand Osbert Aloysius Dentresangle
  11. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    It were fun having a bit of jesting going on here (pdf sent back to Will BTW)....


    The top three compositions (as voted by the Repertoire Band) were...
    3) Airpower by Edwin de Neijs
    2) When Annie Met Lydia by Ian McElligott
    1) Vengeance (Tonnau’r Cawr) by Cai Isfryn

    Cai will get the cash prize of $200 USD.

    It was really quite incredible to see how much votes were split up. Most every finalists gained favour with at least one group. However, the top three ended up separating themselves.

    Congratulations to all entrants, and hope to see many more next year!!

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