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

2020/2021 Rising Stars Solo Competition

This year would have been the 20th Hannaford Youth Rising Stars Competition. COVID-19 has made having this happen very challenging - but we were determined! Many thanks to those who submitted video recordings. Everyone performed at a very high standard and our adjudicators - Robert Miller and Brad Norton - had a difficult time choosing our finalists. 

We are pleased to announce the following five players will perform at the start of next season, hopefully with band, but if not, live with piano. A winner will be chosen to perform with the Hannaford Street Silver Band as soon as possible.

Congratulations to: 

Elias Doyle  - Trumpet, performing Hejre Kati by Jeno Hubay
Ben Storm  - Trombone, performing The Guardian by Peter Graham
Andrew Mendis  - Trumpet, performing Slavische Fanastie by Carl Höhne
Adrian Thornton-Mark  - Xylophone, performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto (mov't 2)
Michael Nunes  - Horn, performing En Forêt by Eugene Bozza

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Elias Doyle

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Benjamin Storm

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Adrian Thornton-Mark

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Andrew Mendis

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Michael Nunes

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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