We’re delighted to introduce the Band Music Shop Composer Challenge, presenting a unique opportunity to showcase your composition skills to some of the leading composers in band music!


For a limited period only, we’re inviting composers amateur or professional to submit an original composition which centres around the theme of “Freedom” during lockdown, and be in with a chance to WIN a prize worth €250 as well as the possibility to have your work considered for publication by Hal Leonard, the world’s leading band music publishing company.

Composing your piece

  • Compose an original work with theme of “Freedom”
  • Arrange the instrumentation for either: 1) Concert Band, 2) Fanfare Band or 3) Brass Band
  • Arrange the difficulty for Grade 3 level
  • Maximum duration is 4 minutes


How to enter?

  • Engrave your composition digitally and save the score in a .PDF format
  • Submit your .PDF score by email to publishing@halleonardeurope.com
  • Include your full name in the email along with the subject line: BMS Composer Challenge Submission
  • Include a short description of your composition and how it reflects the theme of “Freedom”
  • Deadline for submissions is 23:59 CET, Monday 25th May 2020


Selecting the winner

All submissions will be judged by a panel of world renowned band composers including:

Philip Sparke, Jan Van der Roost, Jacob de Haan, Satoshi Yagisawa, Thierry Deleruyelle, Oliver Waespi, Bert Appermont, Otto M. Schwarz, Thomas Doss and Kevin Houben.

Our judging panel will be carefully reviewing each submission on the basis of five criteria:

  1. How well the composition reflects the theme of “Freedom”
  2. Style and originality of the piece 
  3. Arrangement of instrumentation 
  4. Adaptation to Grade 3 level
  5. Compositional technique

Three winners will be chosen, and announced by Monday 1st June 2020 – one for each category of instrumentation:

  • Best Concert Band piece
  • Best Fanfare Band piece
  • Best Brass Band piece

Each winner will be notified by email, and receive a €250 voucher code to spend with Band Music Shop.*


Good luck, and happy composing!

Band Music Shop Team


*Terms and conditions apply. Contact jrypens@halleonardeurope.com for more information.