National Trumpet Competition

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The National Trumpet Competition is an annual competition held at Messiah College (formerly at George Mason University). Trumpeters from all over the country come to Messiah College around mid March to duke it out for the title of Best Trumpeter in their division.

How People Apply[edit]

To apply, students from around the United States go to the National Trumpet Competition website and fill out a registration form. They must make a video recording (no clock needed), and must attach the YouTube/Vimeo link to their registration. There must be piano accompaniment and the piece must be a published standard from the trumpet repertoire. They must also send in an application fee of $85 plus an $85 pianist fee. The registrations/videos are reviewed and people are selected to come to Messiah College to compete in person.[1] Another option is to play in the Regional Trumpet Competition, which are held across many universities in the US. If won there, the participant has a "bye" to the semi-final round of the National Trumpet Competition.[2] However, they must still register online, and pay all applicable fees, to participate.

Showdown at Messiah College[edit]

Once the applicants are chosen to compete, they begin the semi-final round. All competition events are held at the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts.[3] They are judged by trumpeters from around the area including Steven Hendrickson of the National Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Dennis Edelbrock, and trumpeters from Washington D.C.'s military bands. Depending on the division, there are about 25-50 competitors (except the junior division, which is usually smaller). After the first day, about five trumpeters (although often ranging from 3-6) from each division move onto the finals. One winner is selected after the finals which take place a day or two later. Second and third place finalists usually also receive an award. The finalists have their finals audition posted on YouTube by the NTC.


Ensemble Division[edit]

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Finalists
2014 Oklahoma State University - Orange University of Kentucky Baylor University - Gold University of Massachusetts-Amherst University of Georgia
Eastman School of Music
2013 Baylor University - Gold Northwestern University California State University Long Beach Ithaca College Baylor University - Green
Oklahoma State University - Orange
2012 Northwestern University The Juilliard School Baylor University - Gold Indiana University Florida State University
2011 Baylor University - A Florida State University Indiana University University of Kentucky - Blue Baylor University - B
University of Oklahoma
University of Southern Mississippi
2010 The Juilliard School Indiana University - B Grand Valley State University - A University of Kentucky Indiana University - A
The Peabody Institute
Sam Houston State University
University of Texas
Virginia Tech
2009 The Juilliard School Northwestern University Grand Valley State University Baylor University Boston University - A
Boston University - B


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