2017 Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition


In 2000 the Dallas Winds established a tradition of performing brass fanfares 15 minutes prior to curtain in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, for each of its subscription concerts. Our patrons eagerly gather in the lobby to hear these fanfares that have become an important part of the whole concert-going experience.

We encourage composers and composition students to compose or submit their unpublished fanfares to the address below postmarked by July 15, 2017. Fanfares should be no longer than 3.5 minutes in length. All composition titles will be credited in the Dallas Winds’ printed program with the composer's name. Seven fanfares will be selected for performance during the 2017-2018 season.

Submissions must be postmarked by July 25, 2017. Submissions MUST include a score, complete parts, and a sound file or recording. Please include complete contact information with your submission, including full name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone.

Please submit your materials to:

Dallas Winds
2017 Call for Fanfares
PO BOX 595026
Dallas, Texas 75359-5026

Digital submissions accepted to:
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E-submissions must include score, parts, and MP3.
Entries accepted until July 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM CDT

DWS Fanfares

The maximum ensemble of musicians is:

  • 6 Trumpet
  • 5 Horn
  • 3 Trombone
  • 2 Euphonium
  • 2 Tuba
  • Percussion as needed, but limited to a maximum of snare drum, bass drum, cymbals and two timpani

Special consideration must be factored in regarding the venue where these fanfares are performed. The Meyerson Symphony Center lobby is a large, voluminous space with marble and other acoustically reflective surfaces. Reverberant ring lasts approximately two seconds. For further information or questions, please contact the DWS at 214-565-9463 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..