2018 Composition Contest

2018 Great Plains International Marimba Competition

Composition Contest: Work for Solo Marimba

Congratulations to David Reeves on being selected as the winner of the 2018 Composition Competition! His piece “Slowly, Agitated” will be used as the 2018 Compulsory piece in the Collegiate/Open Solo Division!

Below is the Audio for the compulsory piece:

David Reeves is a composer working in the modern classical genre. He has written for orchestra, concert band, chamber ensemble, choir, percussion ensemble, solo instruments and modern dance, infusing elements of jazz, funk, minimalism, the avant garde and electronics into his compositions. His works for percussion are frequently performed throughout the U.S. and have also been performed in the U.K., Australia, Spain, Italy, Japan and Russia. Many of his percussion compositions are published through Tapspace. He has also self-published some of his works, which will soon be available on his new website, DavidReevesMusic.com
David is also an arranger for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles with over twenty-five years of experience writing for this genre. His arrangements and compositions have helped numerous indoor percussion ensembles achieve the highest possible placements at the WGI Percussion World Championships. He has also taught two of the top groups in the Drum Corps International activity, The Cavaliers and Santa Clara Vanguard, and has arranged for the Troopers and Seattle Cascades. Since 2014 Reeves has been the music composer and arranger for the Beeches Performance Ensemble based in Birmingham, England.
David resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife and their three sons.


Composition Requirements

Duration: 3:00-6:00 minutes

Instrument Range: 5.0 Octave Marimba
This competition seeks a technically challenging solo marimba work that requires four mallets. Submissions must include a digital mock up or recording of the piece and two copies of the score. One score with your name as composer, and one score with no name printed.

All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of judges.

Please e-mail your completed submissions to dane.m.romano@gmail.com

Criteria for selection

  • Meets requirements: duration, instrument range
  • Technical level appropriate for an international collegiate competition
  • Engages the listener
  • Idiomatic
  • Contributes to and/or advances the repertory


Entry Deadline: Deadline has passed for 2018

Winner Announcement:

After the winning piece has been chosen a recording or mock up will be posted to the competition website.

Collegiate finalists (up to 6 performers) will perform the piece at the live competition on July 8th, 2018.

Recordings of the final round performances will be given to the composer.