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Congratulations! to the Pikes Peak MS Honor Band for an Outstanding Performance
Composition winner Jayson Elliott at Celestial Travel booth, John Icabone and Boston Brass


Melody winner Jayson Elliott at Jupiter booth

Composer Rick DeJonge conducts Pikes Peak MS Honor Band Performance 


Special Thanks! 
This project is mad possible and co-sponsored by  
Celestial Travel & Tours    Jupiter Band Instruments


Winner: Jayson Elliott, Air Academy High School. Band Director Mr. Stoney Black.


“Song of Light”
Concert Premeiere Performance LIVE from the CMEA Convention

Letter from the CMEA President

Welcome to the Colorado Music Educators composition project. Thank you for your interest in this exciting endeavor to create an outstanding piece of band literature based entirely on your original idea. As you will learn, this piece of music will be premiered at the 2013 Colorado Music Educators conference featuring the Boston Brass and will be broadcast worldwide by

CMEA is happy to have Jupiter band instruments and Celestial Travel and Tours as corporate partners in this educational experience. I invite you to follow this project page for updates and supporting educational material. Most of all, I look forward to receiving your original melody. Good Luck!!!

Richard Shaw
President, CME

Meet Composer, Rick DeJonge
Bio  A Conversation with Rick DeJonge by
Find more of Rick DeJonge's work at Northeastern Music Publications

What is the Colorado Student Commission Project?

The student commission project is an educational opportunity for students to begin thinking about and writing music. Students are asked to write and submit a 12-16 bar melody. A winning melody will be selected and composer Rick DeJonge will compose a new concert piece based on that winning melody.  The premiere performance this year will be performed by the Pikes Peak Middle School Honor Band at the 2013 CMEA Conference. is extremely fortunate to have such a well known and respected composer partner on this project.

Good Luck to all students!


Melody Requirements
One melody per student entry
12 - 16 bar single line melody, NO harmonies 
Time Signature
Tempo mark (mandatory)
Key Signature (optional)
All entries to be emailed in - .pdf form to No composition software files will be accepted.
Melodies may be submitted after March 15, 2012

How to Write a Good Melody (article) by Composer, Rick DeJonge
Here >>


- Any Colorado student in the high school graduating class of 2013 or younger may enter a melody. 
- Winning student composer will be invited to the premiere performance for recognition.
- Please include: Student name, Teacher, Age, School name, City and contact information (phone #, email address).
- Only winner will be contacted and his/her name will be posted on the project web

Tentitive Schedule

Thursday, January 26, 2012 
Project was unveiled at the 2012 Colorado Music Educators Conference by Rick Shaw, President of CMEA

March, 2012                
Announcement on the 12-16 bar melody and helpful ideas on how to compose a 12-16 bar melody by Rick DeJonge. 
October 15, 2012       
Compositions due to  Please email or fax melody to:
586-992-0957 fax 

November 1, 2012      
Composition winner will be announced 

2013 CMEA Conference LIVE! Webcast on

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

4:30 - 6:30pm Rehearsal begins with composer /conductor Rick DeJonge (Open to Band Directors).
7:00 pm Educational open workshop session with the Boston Brass and the Colorado Springs Middle School Honor Band (Open to Band Directors). 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

9:00a.m. Performance of the World premier composed and conducted by Rick DeJonge
and the Colorado Springs Middle School Honor Band.

9:15a.m. Keynote speaker

10:00a.m. Clinic with the Boston Brass and the Pikes Peak Middle School Honor Band

8:00p.m. Opening Concert with the Boston Brass



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