Call for Proposals for New Band Work 2023

The Houston Pride Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band from composers regardless of age, nationality, or style. The proposed 4 – 7 minute long original piece should be suitable for the ensemble’s June 2023 “Summer Love” concert, featuring works inspired by summer, love stories, and famous relationships (whether for better or for worse). Serving as a community band in Houston’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, the Houston Pride Band has approximately 60 – 70 active members performing at community events throughout the year as well as concerts and parades. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, comfortable and safe musical outlet for LGBT and allied musicians to participate in a community band setting, and to encourage interest in public and private music education through concerts and events that uplift and inspire musical interest in people of all ages. Performing works by composers traditionally underrepresented on the concert stage is central to that mission.

Submission Requirements

  1. Composer can be of any age or nationality working in any style.

Submission Materials

  1. Cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, website (if possible) and brief biography (approximately 250 words) in .pdf format
  2. Written proposal for new work addressing how it will fit with the theme of “Summer Love: music inspired by the greatest muse of all.” A brief sketch of musical materials may be included but is not required. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A COMPLETED WORK FOR THE PROPOSAL.
  3. Two sample .pdfs of recent works. Preference is for large ensemble works and those involving winds and percussion instruments. Sound samples or realizations of the sample works submitted are also encouraged but not required.
  4. One submission per applicant – there is no fee to submit materials.
  5. Please use .pdf for submitted cover letter, proposal, and score samples, and .mp3 for sound files. Permanent, direct links (e.g. personal website, dropbox, google drive, sound cloud) to score samples and audio are acceptable and encouraged. If providing a link, ensure that sharing settings are viewable to anyone with the link.
  6. Submit all materials electronically to [email protected] by December 18th, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Selection process

  1. After December 18th, a 5-person panel of HPB Artistic Staff, Board, and musicians will review the materials.
  2. In early January, the committee will select one composer with which to collaborate on a new piece for band.
  3. The new work and parts must be completed by April 1, 2023
  4. HPB will provide the composer with a stipend of at least $500.
  5. HPB will rehearse the work beginning April 2023 and perform it on June 10, 2023.

Piece requirements

  1. Piece must be scored for a concert and with the following instrumentation. Parts will have multiple players in most cases. Brief solos by any required instrument are permitted.
    • 1-2 Flutes (optional piccolo)
    • 1 oboe
    • 3 B-flat soprano clarinets
    • 1 Bass Clarinet
    • 1 Bassoon (optional 2nd Bassoon)
    • 2 Alto Saxophones
    • 1 Tenor Saxophone
    • 1 Baritone Saxophone
    • 3 B-flat Trumpets
    • 2-4 French Horns
    • 3 Trombones (optional bass trombone)
    • 1 Euphonium
    • 1 Tuba
    • (Optional String Bass)
    • 1 Timpani (4 drum maximum)
    • 1 Mallet Percussion (Glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes)
    • 2-4 Non-pitched percussion
  2. All Styles Permissible
  3. Piece should be graded approximately as a high 3 to low 4 on the American Band College Music Grading Chart
  4. If including an optional instrument, that part must be cross-cued or doubled with the exception of piccolo.
  5. Piece will be played on the same concert as some of these tentatively programmed works: La Belle Helene (Offenbach), Seasons of Love (Larson), Radiant Showers (Giroux), Selections from GREASE (Ricketts), and more. Concert Theme is “Summer Love,” featuring works inspired by summer, love stories, and famous relationships (whether for better or for worse). Interpretation can be broad, but the piece should complement and offer variety to
    the above selections.

More information:

  • Previously-performed works are not eligible.
  • The winning composer is not required to travel to attend the performance.
  • The composer retains all rights to the work performed.
  • If you have any questions, please contact David Lea, Artistic Co-Director of Houston Pride Band at [email protected]