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Ross-Roberts Competition for High School Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Players

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Application and Video Submission Deadline

Virtual Competition

Our 2022 competition will be virtual due to the success of last year’s online competition. We are asking all participants to submit a video with their application to serve as their entry to be judged. Please see below for all video requirements and special instructions.

Winners will be announced no later than March 26, 2022.


A $35 non-refundable application fee is required by the deadline. Apply online using a credit card.


Students currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12 who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments and live within 50 miles of Washington, DC. First-place winners from previous years are ineligible.


Accompaniment and Repertoire

If you need it, we are happy to arrange for you to perform with our accompanist in a socially distant and safe setting and we will capture a recording for you. This recording session will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, timing dependent on how many students need to use this option. If you need to take advantage of this option, please email by February 5, 2022. We will then develop a schedule and email it to all participants. We only have space for a maximum of 10 students to record with our accompanist, so if you need this, please inform us as soon as possible.

Woodwind & Brass Requirements

Percussion Requirements

Video Requirements


John Hoven and Carole Falvo
Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion Competition Co-Chairs

2021 Winners

First Prize:
Krystal Wu (Clarinet)
Centennial High School, 11th grade

Second Prize:
Joshua Kucharski (Trumpet)
DeMatha Catholic High School, 11th grade

Third Prize:
Jackson Bernal (Alto Saxophone)
Thomas S. Wootton High School, 10th grade

Honorable Mentions:
Arthur Hu (Bassoon)
Montgomery Blair High School,  12th grade
Hyun Jun Cho (Tenor Trombone)
Winston Churchill High School, 10th grade