Solo Competition

All members of the Hannaford Youth Band are invited to enter the Rising Stars Solo Competition.

What to play:

Contestants must prepare an instrumental solo for a brass or percussion instrument. The solo must have BOTH a brass band AND piano accompaniment. Suggested length of solo – up to 5 minutes.

Please note, the solo is the contestant’s own choice, however the brass band parts must be available – please take this into consideration when choosing repertoire. 


The first round of this competition will take place on Sat. November 27, 2021 in person if possible. This date has been tentatively booked in Walter Hall at the Faculty of Music, U of T. If COVID-19 restrictions do not permit this video recordings will need to be submitted by that date. Solos should be performed with piano accompaniment. Three finalists will be chosen.

As the year progresses and we know what will be permitted, a final round in person with Youth Band accompaniment hopefully will be possible. Updates to come.


The winner will be the recipient of the coveted Rising Stars Trophy as well as have their name engraved on the Hannaford Youth Rising Stars Plaque FOR ALL TIME!!!

In the past the winner would perform their solo in concert with the HSSB accompanying and receive a recording of their performance.  If possible this will take place this season as well.


1st – $500 

2nd – $300

3rd – $200

2021/2022 Rising Stars Solo Competition

The first round of the twenty-first Hannaford Youth Rising Stars Competition took place on Saturday November 27th 2021. 


Our three finalists are:

Daniel Barak  - Cornet  performing Fantasie Brillante by J.B. Arban
Gabe Levy  - Xylophone performing Toccata Brillante by Philip Wilby
Kevin Hayward Jr.  - Cornet performing Morceau de Concours by Jean Pennequin

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Daniel Barak

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Gabe Levy


Kevin Hayward Jr.

2020/2021 Rising Stars Solo Competition Winner

Michael Nunes - French Horn
Performing En Forêt by Eugene Bozza

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2019/2020 Rising Stars Solo Competition Winner

Declan Scott - Cornet

Performing Jubilance by William Himes

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Past Rising Stars Solo Competition Winners

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