Congratulations to all that participated in the first MBA Solo Challenge this year.

MBA Solo Challenge 2020 Results!




Are you looking for a new challenge?

Would you like opportunity to get some FREE one-on-one coaching from

an MBA member on your instrument?

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

in our Manitoba community on your band instrument?

If the answer is ‘Yes’, then you might be interested in the MBA Student Solo Challenge 2020!


Deadline for submission is Friday, May 29, 2020


  • The MBA Solo Challenge 2020 is open to any student in Manitoba who

    1. is between grade 5 and 12

    2. plays a concert band or jazz band instrument

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

  • There is no fee to enter.

About the Challenge:

  • The Challenge is divided into four categories:

    1. JUNIOR (Grade 5-8)

    2. INTERMEDIATE (Grade 9-10)

    3. SENIOR (Grade 11-12)

    4. JAZZ IMPROVISATION (Grade 5-12)

  • 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 5 minutes) and submit your recording

  • 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  

  • If you wish to receive a FREE 30-minute virtual coaching session on your audition prior to submission, email and include your NAME, GRADE and INSTRUMENT. You will then be paired with a music educator who will offer help in preparing your audition.

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

Non-Competitive Division:

  • Record yourself playing any excerpt of music (no longer than 5 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.


For participants in the JAZZ IMPROVISATION category, please record yourself playing a minimum of TWO choruses of a chosen jazz standard (with or without accompaniment). Accompaniment may be recorded live or from a play-along.

Applicants are asked to perform one selection of solo music for their instrument that is no more than 5 minutes in length.

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 on your playing (adjudication) will be emailed to all participants during the week of June 8, 2020. Winners of the Competitive Division will be informed and results posted no later than Monday, June 8, 2020.


All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and written anecdotal feedback on their submission provided by a music educator.

Competitive Division:

  • The First Prize winner in each division (Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Jazz) will receive a one-hour virtual lesson with a professional musician on their instrument.  Paid for by the MBA.

  • Honourable Mention recognition will be made for the top Woodwind, Brass and Percussion submission in each category.

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