George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition

sponsored by M&W Custom Trombones mw-logo-tag-4web-black 

For trombonists ages 20 and under (birth date of January 1, 1997 or later)

First Prize – $1500 cash prize

General Requirements

Recording Guidelines

Competition Rules

  • Live piano accompaniment is required. No pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable.
  • The required repertoire should be submitted as a single audio file, with no editing within the submitted recording. Accepted file formats include: MP3, OGG, M4A, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, AIF. Video entries are not accepted for this competition.
  • The submitted file must not contain any identifying information. The audio file should be named: “RobertsEntry.mp3” (.wav, etc.)
  • Past winners of the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition are not eligible to enter the 2018 Roberts competition.

Preliminary Round Repertoire

  • David Fetter – Variations on Palestrina’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” (available from Hickey’s Music)*applicants should record the version in the key of C

Final Round Repertoire

  • Robert Spillman – Two Songs (Edition Musicus)


Past Winners

Year Winner School
2007 Thomas Knapp Texas Christian University
2008 Steve Warren Oklahoma State University
2009 Zachary James University of Southern Mississippi
2010 Caleb Ketcham Oklahoma State University
2011 Derek Lyp Western Michigan University
2012 Freddy Oulette University of North Texas
2013 Riley Giampaolo Oak Ridge High School
2014 Joshua Cirtina Royal Northern College of Music, United Kingdom
2015 Daniel Vaitkus Boston University
2016 Joaquim Rocha Escola Superior de Musica e Artes de Espectáculo
2017  Giuseppe Fu  Leman Manhattan Preparatory School/Juilliard Pre-College