Contest to Impress: Trumpet

How Competing Can Put You Ahead

Performing in trumpet competitions are a great way to build your resume and college applications, especially if you win. Competing helps students show their dedication to music. There are also chances to learn how to work with other musicians, such as accompanists.

There are so many ways for trumpets to shine. Trumpet players can play in bands, drum corps, pit orchestras, and chamber groups. When there are so many avenues, it can be hard to stand out in the crowd. Winning contests help trumpet players show that they are serious musicians.

Contests help your experience, no matter the level of prestige. Don’t know how to get started? We have included some elite trumpet competitions for high school students below.

National Trumpet Competition High School Division

This competition is open to trumpet players who are in grades 10 through 12. Students in 9th grade can compete in the Junior Division. Students must send in their own recording of a solo trumpet piece with live piano accompaniment.

International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition

The ITG Youth Competition is open to all students under 18 years old. There is a preliminary contest in which students submit an audition recording. Then, students can compete at the ITG Conference on one of their “Youth Days”.

Ictus International Music Competition

The Ictus International Music Competition is open to students between the ages of 14 and 18. Players perform solo repertoire for the chance to win an award of $750.

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

The GMBS gives students a total of $12,000 each year. Scholarships of $3000, $2000 and $1000 are awarded to the top three contestants. Students are required to perform two contrasting pieces. This is a great way to compete against your peers while earning money for college.

No matter your talent, contests can help you impress college recruiters with your performance experience. Visit to showcase your skills and find the right collegiate fit.

Keep Practicing,

Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO of