The FBA Henry Fillmore Composition Contest is established to encourage students' efforts in original composition and to give recognition for outstanding achievement.

In order to be eligible to participate in this contest, the applicant must be a regular member of a band under the direction of an active member of the Florida Bandmasters Association. The composition must be for any standard instrumentation consistent with the solo, ensemble, jazz band, or full band listings used in F.B.A. Music Performance Assessments. A completed application, Full Score (including any accompaniment), parts and a recording (PREFERABLY LIVE, but computer rendered is acceptable) must be in the hands of the committee by JUNE 1, of any given year.

The Composition Contest Committee shall judge all entries at the meeting immediately following the deadline. The recipient will be notified in time for presentation of the award to be made at the annual FMEA Clinic/Conference.

The award will include a plaque indicating the achievement which will be presented before a gathering at the FMEA Clinic/Conference, and cash awards of up to $500.00 may be awarded at the discretion of the Contest Committee. If no suitable compositions are submitted, no awards will be given.

Competition Application

Past Winners

2011-12 Brendan Sweeney - Chotawhatchee High School (Trumpet Solo) - Chad Hannah & Kelly Deklinski, directors

2012-13 Andrew Dinicola - Gaither High School (Percussion Ensemble) - Brian Dell, director

2013-14 Robert Tindle - Westwood Christian School (Concert Band) - Eric Tindle, director

2014-15 Jacob Britton - Osceola School of the Arts (Jazz Band) - Miguel Alvarado, director

2014-15 Joshua Williams - Crestview High School (Piano Solo) - Jody Dunn, director

 

Henry Fillmore (December 3, 1881 – December 7, 1956) wrote over 250 tunes and arranged orchestrations for hundreds more. While best known for march music and screamers, he also wrote waltzes, foxtrots, hymns, novelty numbers, overtures and waltzes. In his later life, Fillmore retired to Miami and spent much of his time and energy with area schools and the University of Miami music department.