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Colonel George S. Howard served as commander and conductor of The United States Air Force Band between 1944 and 1963. He was a student of Patrick Conway at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and played clarinet in Conway's professional band. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and taught at the Ohio Wesleyan University, and later at Penn State University. In 1942, Howard was commissioned into the Army Specialist Corps, and in 1947 his reputation as a conductor led to a commission as leader of the newly formed Air Force Band. Howard was elected president of the American Bandmasters Association in 1956, and became an honorary life Member in 1984. He served as honorary life president from 1986 until his death in 1995.

Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition

The United States Air Force Band's Young Artist Competition is open to high school woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12 who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. Applicants from all over the country submit audiotapes of themselves playing a specified selection for their instrument. Finalists are then invited to a live audition in Washington, D.C. The winner performs as a soloist with The United States Air Force Concert Band. The current competition is open to woodwind instrumentalists. Click on the flyer below for more information.

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Photo of Young Artist Winner Leah Bandman2014Winner
Joe Broom
McLean, Va.

McLean, VA native Joe Broom is a 17 year old euphonium player who lays claim to a number of unique musical accomplishments. In 2012, he won a seat in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program -- the only euphonium player in its 34-year history. He was extended membership to the Friday Morning Music Club when he won the Ross-Roberts Competition making him the only euphonium member of this 128-year-old orchestral society. In 2013, Joe became the youngest National YoungArts Week winner in music -- selected from more than 10,000 applicants. In March 2014, he became the only high school student selected as a semifinalist in the Artist Division of the International Tuba Euphonium Association solo competition. His musicianship has drawn the attention of professional artists, including Wynton Marsalis who says he plays "with great drama and technique" and international trumpet soloist Chris Botti, who describes Joe as "a rarified talent who needs to be heard." He is 2014 winner of the U.S. Air Force Young Artist Solo Competition.

Joe maintains an active schedule as an ensemble performer. In 2013, he became a member of the acclaimed Capital Wind Symphony, which is comprised of professional-level musicians in the DC area under the baton of George Etheridge. He is a member of the 2013-14 National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Böhme Sextet, and is the low brass section leader of Brass of Peace -- a training and performance ensemble for gifted high school musicians directed by Sylvia Alimena. He has performed as a guest member of the U.S. Navy Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra, and with the Brass Band of Battle Creek during Youth Brass Band Day. His past
ensembles include the the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Stravinsky Chamber, the NSO Youth Fellowship Brass Trio, and the 2013 National YoungArts Brass Chamber. As a soloist, Joe has performed in several venues, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater; the Masonic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Strathmore Mansion; the Bacon House Mansion; the U.S. Marine Corps John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band Hall; and the International Euphonium Institute Festival, where in successive years he won both the High School and Artist solo competitions.

He is an innovator who infuses music into many settings, including education and public service venues. As founder and artistic director of Chamber Unique (ChU)™, a dynamic network of young musicians, he created a monthly performance series for a music therapy
program serving seniors. Joe also incorporated his ChU network of musicians into a six-session Saturday morning workshop he designed for elementary school students. The workshop integrates music with STEM Education -- including the math of rhythm and the physics of
sound -- turning STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, & Mathematics).

He is a member of the National Honor Society at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Virginia. He has worked as a biomedical intern at Walter Reed Medical Research Center, and he volunteers as an advanced math tutor. He studies with international euphonium soloist Steven Mead of Manchester, England and with Lee Rogers, principal trombonist of the Washington National Opera Orchestra.

Previous Winners

2013 - Leah Bandman
Burke, Va.

2012 - Evan Zegiel, tuba
Boca Raton, Fla.

2011 - Jordan Lulloff, saxophone
Okemos, Mich.

2010 - Alison Emily Miserendino, euphonium
Burke, Va.

2009 - Katherine Kohler, clarinet
Naperville, Ill.

2008 - Philip McPeek, marimba
Lafayette, La.

2007 - Beatriz Macias, flute
Houston, Texas

2006 - Gabriel Sears, tuba
Albuquerque, N.M.

2005 - Kristen Vanderschaaf, flute
Round Rock, Texas

2004 - Tihda S. Vongkoth, xylophone
Seminole, Fla.

2003 - Lisa Diane Snyder, clarinet
Mesa, Ariz.

2002 - Eric Arthur Roberts, percussion
Burke, Va.

2001 - David Ross, flute
North Mankato, Minn.

2000 - Nathan Lassell, percussion
Arlington, Va.

1999 - Mark J. Dubac, clarinet
Columbia, Md.

1998 - Timothy Dearmin, saxophone
San Antonio, Texas

1997 - Anna Wessler, flute
Yorktown, Va.

1996 - Ashu Kejariwal, saxophone
The Woodlands, Texas

1995 - Claire Chase, flute
San Diego, Calif.

1994 - Jessica Salt, flute
Vienna, Va.


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