The Trustees of Soldier On! are delighted to announce the Soldier On! Concert & Marching Band Composition Competition 2015.

Soldier On! is a national independent education charity which teaches members of the British armed forces, who have been made redundant on medical grounds, to plan and manage their careers. Through our core programme, the Personal Career Management Programme, we work with both service leavers and veterans who have been wounded on operations, sustained injuries whilst serving or have been discharged through any other forms of ill health.

The competition is open to all military and civilian composers in the UK. Entrants are restricted to one composition entry per person. The winning entry will be awarded prize money of £800.

Compositions should be a quick march of between 3½ and 4½ minutes which   reflects the values of the charity: dignity, authenticity, independence, uniqueness, talent.

Entries must be original works and should not include arrangements of other copyrighted work. Entries should be written for concert band with the ability to be easily adapted for marching band. A guide to instrumentation is provided in Appendix A.

The title of the winning entry will be “Soldier On!”. The winning composer will retain copyright and collect any royalties due, however agrees to allow the charity to use the winning entry royalty-free for 12 months from the winner being announced.

The judging panel will consist of:

  • Mr Philip Sparke
  • Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace RM, Principal Director of Music, Royal Marines Band Service
  • Lieutenant Colonel Neil Morgan, Principal Director of Music, Corps of Army Music
  • Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, Principal Director of Music, Royal Air Force

In addition to the prize money, each Principal Director of Music has agreed, subject to artistic integrity, to perform the winning entry during one of their various concert tours.

Competitors should write and submit their composition in Sibelius format. Submissions should include a full score, recording (live band or computer generated) and covering letter. Memory sticks are preferred, although CDs will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is Friday 29th May 2015.

Entries should be sent to: Band Composition Competition 2015, Soldier On!, c/o The Naval and Military Club, 4 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4JU.

A shortlist of six entries will be performed and recorded (date to be arranged) before the judging panel announce the winning entry.


Appendix A – Guide to Instrumentation

2 x Flutes (2nd doubling picc)

1 x Oboes

3 x Clarinet in B flat

1 x Bass Clarinet

2 x Alto Saxophone

1 x Tenor Saxophone

1 x Bari Saxophone

1 x Bassoon (option for divisi or 2 separate parts)

2 or 4 x French Horns

3 x Trumpets (1st part divisi as required)

3 x Trombones (2 tenor, one bass)

1 x Euphonium

1x Tuba

1 x Timpani

3 x Percussion