Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition
In 2000 the Dallas Winds established a tradition of performing brass fanfares 15 minutes prior to curtain in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, for each of its subscription concerts. Our patrons eagerly gather in the lobby to hear these fanfares that have become an important part of the whole concert-going experience.
We encourage composers and composition students to compose or submit their unpublished fanfares for this season’s contest. All composition titles will be credited in the Dallas Winds’ printed program with the composer’s name. Seven fanfares will be selected for performance during the 2018-2019 season.
Email your submission to [email protected] by July 15, 2018. Submissions MUST include:
- Score and complete parts in PDF format
- A sound file or recording in MP3 format
- Your complete contact information including full name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone
The maximum ensemble of musicians is:
- 6 Trumpet
- 5 Horn
- 3 Trombone
- 2 Euphonium
- 2 Tuba
- Percussion selected from the following: 1 snare drum, 1 bass drum, cymbals, 2 timpani. (No auxiliary or tuneful percussion.)
Fanfares should be approximately 3 minutes long. Submissions longer than 3.5 minutes will be automatically disqualified.
The performance venue should be considered when writing your fanfare. The Meyerson Symphony Center lobby is a large space with marble and other acoustically reflective surfaces. Reverberant ring lasts approximately two seconds. Video recordings of several past winners are featured on our Facebook page – please use these to make wise decisions regarding the style and orchestration of your fanfare. For further information or questions, please email [email protected].
Diamond Flight – Joshua Hobbs; Adventure Awaits – Christian Kolo; Fanfare, “Die Helden” – Onsby C. Rose; Forging an Icon – Tara Islas; The Eternity Gate – Kent Philip Baker; The Pure in Heart – Thomas Singletary
To The Stars – Christian Kolo; You Are Cordially Invited – Michael Markowski; Ascent to the Summit – Tara Islas; A Christmas Fanfare –James Beckel, Jr.; Mach 10 – Andrew E. Lawson; Winds of Niagara – Benjamin Yeo; To Be Free – Joanne Harris; The Tannhauser Gate – Kent Philip Baker
Unveiling, by Brian Sadler; Resonances, by Christian Guillen; Valiant, by Christian Kolo; October Fanfare, by Gregory Good; Fireworks, by Kevin Day; Salute! by Jeff Jordan; Déjà vu Fanfare, by Trevor Rundell
Russell Powell – Fanfare for Brass; Andrew D. Herring – The Forging of Mjolnir; Joseph Turrin – Fanfare a la Carte; Chuck Mandernach – Fanfare and Interlude; Tyler S. Grant – Panoramic Fanfare; Christopher Kyle Green – Ultraplex; R. Ward Miller – Change Ringing; Mike Forbes – Commemorative Fanfare
Gary Gazlay, Psalmos; Christopher Marshall, Heat Shimmer; John Michael Davis, Southern Harmony; Chuck Mandernach, Heroes; Josh Hobbs, Three Ring; Andrew D. Herring, Ad Infinitum et Ultra; Brandon Maahs, Invictus: Fanfare for Uncommon Heroes; David Nicolette, Dallas Fanfare No. 1
Overdrive – Jeff Jordan; Fanfarest of the Fair – Michael Mikulka; Fanfare from the Hiawatha Line – Christopher Danforth; American Fanfare – Robert W. Gillam; Exulto – Gary Gazlay; Sir Richard’s Fanfare – Scott Pierson; Prelude to a New Beginning – Mike Forbes
Steve Smith – Capilano Fanfare; Taylor A. Goodson – Fanfare For a New Beginning; Robert Bruns – Peregrine Flight; Mike Forbes – Festival Fanfare; Henry Dorn – Shadows; Ralph R. Hays –Fanfare MMX; and Daniel M. Pfannstiel – Apollonian Ascent
Fanfare Antiphonal Vox Gabrieli – Jim Colonna; Foozle – Hermes Camacho; Fanfare Royale – Kevin L. Gibbs; Water Fanfare – Joseph Spaniola; Heroic Fanfare – Scott M. Copeland; Pavillons en l’ air – J. M. David; Fanfare to “Hell’s Angels” – Kevin Scott