Symphony Orchestra’s Robert Black Wins US Marine Band Concerto Competition

CYSO is proud to share that Symphony Orchestra co-principal tuba player Robert Black recently won the 2018 “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Concerto Competition. Performing at a recital held in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington DC, Bobby performed Edward Gregson’s Allegro Deciso from Concerto for Tuba. He was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and will return to Washington on March 25 to perform as a soloist with the Marine Band.

Bobby Black (right) and runner-up Jennifer Wang (center)

Of the ninety-four entries to the competition, three out of the five finalists who performed in the Washington recital were CYSO Symphony Orchestra Students: Flute player Jennifer Wang, who was named runner up and received a $500 scholarship, and Tessa Vermeulen, also on flute.

Competition finalists included three CYSO students: Robert Black (left), Tessa Vermeulen (in red), and Jennifer Wang (in white).


Congratulations to Bobby on this tremendous achievement, as well as Jenny and Tessa!

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