2019 Composition Contest

2019 Great Plains International Marimba Competition

Composition Contest: Work for Solo Marimba with Chamber Ensemble


The GPIMC would like to congratulate Cameron Brown on his winning composition “Fleet”
This piece will serve as the 2019 Compulsory Piece for the Collegiate/Open Solo Division Final Round!

CAMERON BROWN, Graduate Assistant at The Florida State University, is currently pursuing an M.M. in Percussion Performance under the instruction of John W. Parks IV, where he performs in the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. He also holds a B.M. Music Education from The University of North Texas, where he was fortunate to perform in a wide variety of ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, The UNT Percussion Ensemble, 2 O’Clock Steel Drum Band, Gamelan, South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, African Ensemble, and the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band, where he was the center marimbist. From 2012 to 2015 he was a front ensemble member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2015 he had the privilege of serving as the front ensemble section leader for the organization.

As an educator and arranger, Brown has worked throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area as an assistant percussion instructor, private lesson teacher, front ensemble instructor, and front ensemble arranger. In the 2017 indoor drumline season, he instructed the front ensembles for Carroll HS and Roots Percussion Independent; both of whom were gold medalists in their respective classes in NTCA. Since 2016 he has been a front ensemble instructor for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, where he saw the corps make their first appearance as a Drum Corps International Finalist.

Brown has been very fortunate to have been under the instruction of many renowned percussion educators including John W. Parks IV, Robert Schietroma, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Jose Aponte, Poovalur Sriji, Gideon Alorwoyie, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson, and Ralph Hardimon. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association.

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. The chamber ensemble accompaniment can include any variety of other percussion instruments that would complement the solo and should be for no more than four additional performers. Additionally, instrumentation and the difficulty of the accompaniment should be appropriate for university level performance.

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: Has passed for 2019

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 June 30th, 2019.

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