From March 1 to May 20, 2014 D’Addario Woodwinds (formerly Rico Reeds) is inviting saxophonists and clarinet players between the ages of 13-19 to submit videos of themselves playing any solo piece from their annual state competition list via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #takefirst. You can also upload your videos directly to the D’Addario Woodwinds site starting May 1.

Each month a winner will be selected based on votes and a Grand Prize Winner will be selected on June 30th from all prior winners. Five winners will be selected on the 16th of each month as part of the competition. According to the D’Addario site, “The entries will be judged on the basis of the student’s effort, execution, and demonstrated commitment to music excellence.”

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The Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner will earn $2,500 to be used for their own music education and interests as well as $2,500 for their school music program

The Monthly Winners will earn $250 D’Addario Woodwinds gift pack as well as $1,000 for their school music program.

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.