Friday, November 6, 2015


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST bands for 2015 in all categories. Congratulations!

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FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division

Dr Martin H. Seggelke    Illinois State Univ. Wind Symphony
    Normal, IL 
Jaclyn Hartenberger    University of Georgia Wind Symphony
    Athens, GA 
David Vickerman    The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble
    Ewing, NJ 
Eric Wilson    Baylor University Wind Ensemble 
    Waco, TX 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community & school division

"These are very fine bands—each with a different character, repertoire and audience focus. In a move which may be unprecedented for The American Prize, every semi-finalist in this category is being advanced to the finals. Each is worthy of further listening and evaluation. A very difficult decision awaits. Bravo to all for the vitality and musicality of the presentations."

Shelly Eager      Cinematic Symphony 
    Austin, TX 
Lewis J. Buckley    Metropolitan Wind Symphony 
    Boston, MA 
Corey Seapy    Charles River Wind Ensemble 
    Watertown, MA 
Birch P. Browning    Cleveland Winds 
    Cleveland, OH 
Trent A. Hollinger    Quincy Concert Band 
    Quincy, IL 
Jason Atha    Parkview High School Symphonic Band
    Lilburn, GA 
Ted Vives    Los Alamos Community Winds
    Los Alamos, NM 


We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! (Ensemble) just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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