Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Semi-finalists: BANDS/WIND ENSEMBLES, 2021

The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time. 

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST bands/wind ensembles for 2021. Congratulations! 

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active  until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com 

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division,  2021
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Conductors will be contacted to confirm their placement.—DK)

Trae Blanco

Murray State University Wind Ensemble    

Murray KY 

Nicholas Bratcher    

CSU San Bernardino Symphonic Band   

San Bernardino     CA 

Daniel Cook  

University of North Texas Wind Ensemble  

Denton TX       

William B. Drury 

NEC Symphonic Winds     

Boston MA       


Thomas G. Leslie

UNLV Wind Orchestra     

Las Vegas    NV    

Timothy Mahr  

St. Olaf Band     

Northfield   MN 

Richard Marcus

William & Mary Wind Ensemble  

Williamsburg VA      

Anthony C.Marinello, III    

IL State University Wind Symphony  

Normal IL       

William M. Perrine     

Concordia University Wind Ensemble 

Ann Arbor    MI 

Lauren Reynolds    

University of Delaware Wind Ensemble     

Newark DE 

Onsby C. Rose  

The Dordt University Wind Symphony 

Sioux Center IA      

Thomas E. Verrier     

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony

Nashville    TN                 

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division, 2021

Ronald Demkee

The Allentown Band

Allentown    PA  

Gerald Guilbeaux   

Acadian Wind Symphony   

Lafayette    LA  

Lee Hartman     

Mid America Freedom Band

Kansas City  MO  

Keith W. Hodgson     

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble 

Mays Landing NJ  

Kenneth Singleton

Boulder Concert Band    

Boulder. CO  

Matthew Salvaggio   

University Heights Symphonic Band  

University Heights OH  

Ted Vives 

Los Alamos Community Winds    

Los Alamos   NM 

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—high school division, 2021

Harold Goldstein   

Newfield HS Wind Ensemble     

Selden NY  

Len Lavelle & Lucas Beaver

North Hills HS Wind Ensemble  

Pittsburgh   PA

Jesus Marquez     

Richardson HS Wind Symphony   

Richardson   TX  

Rumaldo Solis 

James Bowie Wind Symphony     

Arlington    TX  

Clinton L. Williams    

The Rancho HS Wind Ensemble   

Las Vegas    NV  

Clinton L. Williams    

The Rancho HS Clarinet Choir  

Las Vegas    NV  



We invite semi-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! Our ensemble has just been selected as a semi-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 finalists in the division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


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