Contest to Impress: Trumpet

How Competing Can Put You Ahead

The Glenn Miller Society awards a total of $12,000 in scholarships each year. Competing shows recruiters your commitment to enhancing your talent and may present you with chances to experience working with professional musicians.

Trumpet players have a myriad of avenues open to them that will allow their talents to shine: playing in bands, drum corps, pit orchestras, and chamber groups, to name a few. With so many options available, it can be difficult to find the right fit that will allow you to stand out. Entering and winning competitions allows you to rise above the crowd and show how serious you are about pursuing and improving your proficiency and musical expression.

Competitions provide a great experience, no matter the level of prestige. Don’t know how to get started? We have included below a few elite trumpet competitions for high school students.

National Trumpet Competition (High School Division)

Open to trumpet players, grades 10 through 12. Ninth grade students are eligible to compete in the Junior Division. Students must send in their own recording of a solo trumpet piece with live accompaniment.

International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition

Open to all students under the age of 18. There is a preliminary step in which students must submit an audition recording. Students can then compete at the ITG Conference on one of the "Youth Days."

Ictus International Music Competition

Open to students between the ages of 14 and 18. Players perform a solo repertoire for the chance to win $750.00.

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

The Glenn Miller Society awards a total of $12,000 per year to students. Scholarships in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 are also awarded to the top three contestants. Students are required to perform two contrasting pieces. A great way to compete against your peers while earning money for college.

Competitions are a great way to impress college recruiters with your performance abilities. Visit to find more information about trumpet competitions as well as a comprehensive listing of other competitions and opportunities for scholarship awards in all genres.

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Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO of