The Florida Bandmasters Association is seeking original works for traditional concert band by emerging young composers. This competition aims to foster musical creativity by providing aspiring young composers with a platform for sharing their original works. It is designed to encourage composers to write music for concert band, specifically for the younger bands.

This competition is open to all composers age 30 or younger.  High School students should consider entering the FBA Student Composition Contest.


  • Entrant must be under the age of 30 as of November 1, 2023
  • Participation and entry are free


  • Submit an original composition written for the traditional Concert Band
  • Level of difficulty - Grade I, II, or III - suitable for a young band
  • Length of work should be no more than 6 minutes in duration 


  • Full score and complete set of parts in PDF format
       (Do not list your name on the score or audio file)
  • Include: Title and Duration of the composition
  • Digital audio recording of the composition (MIDI renderings are acceptable)
  • Age verification
  • Signed Entry Form
  • Short written description of the composition outlining inspirations and important features
  • Submit via Google Docs


  • A panel of judges will select the winning composition to be announced at the Florida Music Education Association Conference in Tampa, Florida in January 2024
  • Scores will be judged based upon artistic quality, significant structural, analytical, and technical quality, and skill in orchestration and scoring 


  • $1,500 award
  • We intend that the winning composition will be performed at the 2025 FMEA Conference, but we cannot guarantee this will happen.
  • Travel stipend to attend the rehearsals and performance of the composition
  • Recognition on the FBA website and in the Florida Music Director magazine


December 15, 2023

Rules and Entry Instructions