National Trumpet Competition

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The National Trumpet Competition is an annual music competition for students in the US that usually takes place in mid-March. It includes classical and jazz divisions at school through college levels for soloists and ensembles. The competition was formerly held at George Mason University until 2013; and was held at Messiah College in 2014 and 2015. The 2016 competition will be at Columbus State University.


Students can register by completing an online form at the competition website, as well as attaching a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video of them performing only a published (including a self-published) composition from the trumpet repertoire, with piano accompaniment. They must also send in an application fee, and an NTC pianist fee (optional). Entrants are selected based on their videos, and are notified of results in mid-January.[1][2]

Semi-finals and finals[edit]

The competition was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dennis Edelbrock, who teaches trumpet at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia,[3] and finals were held there through 2013.[4][5][6]

Semi-finals and finals in each division are now held at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.[7] They are judged by professional trumpeters from around the area including Steven Hendrickson of the National Symphony Orchestra,[8] Dr. Edelbrock, and members 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 soloists and ensembles (although often ranging from 3 to 6) from each division move on to the finals, which usually take place a day or two later and at which one winner is chosen.[9] Second and third place finalists usually also receive an award. The finalists have their finals audition posted on YouTube.


Ensemble Division[edit]

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Finalists
Large Ensemble
Baylor University - Green Florida State University Southern Methodist University
Small Ensemble
University of Michigan Cal State Long Beach Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Large Ensemble
Oklahoma State University - Black University of Texas at Austin Central Michigan University
Small Ensemble
Curtis Institute of Music University of Kentucky Eastman School of Music - 2
Large Ensemble
Baylor University - Green University of Miami Oklahoma State University - Black
Small Ensemble
Oklahoma State University - Orange Southern Methodist University Curtis Institute of Music
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
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

Past solo winners[edit]


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