Redline Tango wins Ostwald

Redline Tango has won the 2005 Ostwald Prize. Along with the $8000 award, the work will receive a performance by the Dallas Wind Symphony at the upcoming ABA convention on March 3 in Dallas.

From the not-yet-updated Ostwald page: “The American Bandmasters Association Proudly announces the 50th ABA/Ostwald Original Band Composition Award. The ABA/Ostwald was the first competition of band music composition in America, and is one of the most prestigious awards in that field. Since 1956 it has stimulated the creation of many important new compositions, thereby enriching the entire spectrum of concert band activity. Because of its continuity, this award has produced more concert band music than any other competition of its kind. Literally thousands of musicians have performed the works of the contest winners for additional thousands in their appreciative audiences.

It’s a huge honor to be included with other past winners such as Donald Grantham, Ron Nelson, Dan Welcher, and Tim Mahr — to name just a few. My sincere thanks to the committee. I really don’t know what else to say. I’m incredibly grateful — and feel extremely fortunate (and lucky).


Daniel Montoya, Jr. says

congrats man!

Nikk Pilato says

Sweet! Nice job, John. Congratulations.

lisa says

Wow, that's awesome! Now I really can't wait to play it!!

jim says


Anonymous says

Congrats John!

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