Are you looking for a new challenge?

Would you like opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching from

an MBA member?

How about the chance to win a free lesson with one of the top players

in our Manitoba community?

If the answer is ‘Yes’, then you might be interested in the 2022 Solo Challenge!

Important Dates:

  • December 2, 2021 - Registration Deadline

  • November 26 - December 18, 2021 - Individual Coaching Sessions

  • December 22, 2021 - Recorded Submissions Due

  • January 11, 2022 - Results Announced​


  • The MBA Solo Challenge is open to any student in Manitoba who

    1. is between grade 5 and 12

    2. plays a concert band instrument

    3. is taught by a private instructor or band teacher who is a current MBA member

  • $15 Entry Fee

About the Challenge:

  • The Challenge is divided into three categories:

    1. Junior (Grade 5-8)

    2. Intermediate (Grade 9-10)

    3. Senior (Grade 11-12)

  • The challenge consists of two divisions:  Competitive and Non-Competitive.

Competitive Division:

  • Record yourself playing a solo or etude on your band instrument (no longer than 8 minutes) and submit your video recording (mp4)

  • PLEASE NOTE: for the Competitive Division, excerpts of band music or honour band etudes are not accepted. If you have questions about whether your repertoire is suitable for this division, contact us at 

  • Your 30-minute virtual coaching session on your audition will take place prior to submission. You will be paired with a music educator who will offer help in preparing your solo.

  • A winner and honourable mention will be named in each category.

Non-Competitive Division:

  • Record yourself playing any excerpt of music (no longer than 8 minutes) and submit your recording.

  • Participants in the Non-Competitive Division will receive adjudicated feedback but are not eligible for the coaching session or the competition prize in their category.

Applicants participating in the Competitive Division must perform literature for their instrument that would be defined as a solo or etude. Excerpts of band music or honour band etudes WILL NOT be accepted in the Competitive Division.

Feedback will be emailed to all participants during the week of January 9th, 2022.


  • All participants (Competitive and Non-Competitive) will receive a Certificate of Participation and written anecdotal feedback on their submission provided by MBA Members.

  • In each competitive division the top performances in each of three sub categories (woodwind, brass, and percussion) will be recognized. First prize will be awarded to the top performance of the three, honourable mentions to the other two.

  • The First Prize winner in each competitive division (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) will receive a one-hour lesson with a Manitoba private teacher of their choice

  • Honourable Mentions will each receive a 30 minute lesson with a Manitoba private teacher of their choice



Past Results


2020 Solo Challenge Results