PRESS RELEASE The US National Band Association selects Philip Sparke’s MUSIC OF THE SPHERES as the winner of the 2005 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. The NBA Composition Contest has awarded prizes since 1977. It is the desire of the National Band Association that winning compositions reflect its mission in helping further the cause of quality literature for bands in America. Additionally, works chosen as winners should be those not only of significant structural, analytical and technical quality, but also of such nature that will allow bands to programme them as part of their standard repertoire. As a result, a glance through the list of past winners will reveal some very familiar names, many of whom have gone on to write major film scores for many Hollywood films. Each year the contest receives approximately 50-70 entries from all over the world. Entries range in scope and quality from middle school level marches to lengthy and sophisticated symphonies. The full list is evaluated by a committee of graduate students and band directors and is narrowed down to a list of 6-8 finalists that are taken to Chicago each December for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. There, a panel of leading public school, university and military band directors meets to determine a winner. In 2005 it was Philip Sparke’s thrilling ‘Music of the Spheres’ that saw him take the first prize and add his name to an illustrious list of former winners. The composition drew high praise from the adjudicators and gave Philip Sparke his second prestigious band composition award following the Sudler Prize, which he won in 1997.