Boulder Concert Band places third in national competition



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The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance — Community Division, 2021-2022

BOULDER, CO, United States, October 1, 2021 / –
The Boulder Concert Band, a nonprofit adult community group, today announced it has won third place at the American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, in the performance-community wind group / ensemble category. . The Acadian Wind Symphony, Lafayette, LA, placed first, and the Allentown Band, Allentown, PA, took second. The Boulder Concert Band won first place in last year’s competition.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation’s most comprehensive competition series in the musical arts. The American Prize is non-profit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to assess, recognize and reward the best performers, composers, conductors, ensembles and directors in the United States, at professional levels, college / university, community and school based on records submitted. There is no live competition.

Because concerts were canceled during the pandemic, bands were allowed to submit recordings from previous years. The group submitted four tracks, recorded by Quam Audio during concerts in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Founded in 2010 and now celebrating its eleventh anniversary, The American Prize has awarded nearly $ 100,000 in prizes in all categories since its inception. Thousands of artists representing all fifty states have benefited from their participation in The American Prize contests. (

About the Boulder Concert Band
The earliest recordings of a band in the town of Boulder date back to 1870. The ICC Silver Cornet Band gave weekly concerts in the pioneer town of Boulder. In the spring of 1897, a larger band organization was formed. This group, called the Boulder Citizen’s Band, considered Colorado’s best, performed during World War II and the 1918 flu epidemic. Several decades later, the Boulder Municipal Band was formed and was the first to include women musicians.

The Boulder Concert Band as we know it today was reorganized in 1976 by Hugh McMillen, former director of groups at the University of Colorado. Hailed as one of the nation’s premier adult community groups, the group is back after a forced 18-month sabbatical due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its members are drawn from the business, professional and educational communities of Boulder County and the Denver metro area.

In 2020, the group won first place in the American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, in the group / ensemble division at wind-community. The group secured third place in 2021.

The Boulder Concert Band provides the community with exceptional performances of traditional and modern concert literature and enriches the cultural experience of audiences and musicians. Follow the Boulder Concert Band on Facebook, Twitter or visit the website at

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