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

Rules and Regulations:

  • 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 PDF file of the Full Score (including any accompaniment), a PDF file of the complete set of parts, and an MP3 file of a recording (PREFERABLY LIVE, but computer-rendered is acceptable) must be uploaded to the online application.
  • The application must be submitted online by OCTOBER 30


The Composition Contest Committee shall judge all entries at the meeting immediately following the deadline. The recipient will be notified in time for the 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.

Online Application

Composition Tips from Larry Clark


For questions or help with the application please contact the committee chair via e-mail at




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

2015-16  Marlon Caro - Coral Reef High School (Concert Band) - Christopher Illa, director

2015-16  Joshua Johnson - Escambia High School (Concert Band) - Douglas Holsworth, director

2016-17  Brian Hanson - Lincoln High School (Concert Band) - Daniel Rossman, director

2017-18  Andrew Gregg - Escambia High School (Piano Solo) - Douglas Holsworth, director

2018-19 Elijah Wheat - Tarpon Springs High School (Concert Band) - Kevin Ford, director

2019-20 Jason Varney - Titusville High School (Concert Band) - Ian Schwindt, director

2019-20 Pablo Duque - Niceville High School (Jazz Band) - Dan Wooten, director

2020-2021 Grand Prize: Christopher Artau - Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy (Concert Band) - Jose Ruis, director

2020-2021 Honorable Mention: Alexander Cameron - Bishop Verot High School (Jazz Band) - Linda Burke, director

2020-2021 Honorable Mention: Connor Watson - Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (Concert Band) - Evan Rogovin, director

2021-2022 Christian Sochor - Barron Collier High School (Jazz Band) - Brett Robinson, director

2022-2023 Timothy Jackson - St. Johns Country Day School (Concert Band) - Cindy Glass, director