Solo and Ensemble

Pianist/Accompanist Information (Scroll to bottom of this page)

Note: Orchestra students - Ignore anything that mentions FBA - otherwise follow this guide.

Solo & Ensemble (S&E) is an event sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association District 10 (Brevard County). S&E is an opportunity for individuals and groups of musicians to showcase their talent and hard work. To maintain a high level of excellence, FBA District 10 invites in professional adjudication from outside of Brevard County to assess and provide feedback for students to continue their musical development. 

Participation in S&E is a valuable opportunity that provides a practical application to many Florida State Standards, especially MU.912.F.3.3 (Define, prioritize, monitor, and successfully complete tasks related to individual musical performance or project presentation, without direct oversight, demonstrating skills for use in the workplace). We also fulfill standards such as MU.912.C.2.1, MU.912.C.3.1, MU.912.F.3.2, MU.912.S.3.1, MU.912.S.3.5, and many more).

This event fosters students to work independently to be successful. Ask help when necessary, but students, this is YOUR project! Click on this checklist (you will receive a hard copy) to get a step-by-step understanding of what you need to have ready for this. It looks like a lot, but it's not! Follow the steps in order below to be successful!

Section A - Choosing Music
Music is categorized by grade level to provide guidelines for difficulty levels. 

Grading System:
1 - Beginners just learning how to play their instrument
2 - Novices continuing to develop an understanding of their instrument
3 - Students who have established solid fundamentals and are ready to play more difficult repertoire.
4 - Students with experience on their instruments ready to play harder repertoire.
5 - Advanced level repertoire that requires significant study, expectant of students expecting to continue music in college.
6 - Incredibly advanced repertoire expected of top-level university and professional musicians
7 - The most difficult repertoire available on the instrument.

FBA requires high school students (even if they're beginners) to play grade 3-7 levels in order to go for a rating (Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor). We feel the level of difficulty is more important so we may recommend students to play for a grade 1 or 2 levels instead. We want them to be successful in making music.

Pick your level and be honest with yourself. Many students are ambitious and choose difficult repertoire. We love the enthuasism but please remember this is YOUR project and contact with teachers will be spread amongst many entries. Make sure you choose something that is good for you!

We have our list of recommended music at this link: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTOR'S RECOMMENDED MUSIC

Go here first to look for music. The published list has over 9,000 entries and is too much for most people to go through. Our list is modest...We tried to pick a few pieces for each grade level for solos, duets, trios, and quartets. If you want to look at instrumental choirs, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, etc., go to the full list at this link: CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FBA LIST (Excel file). You will need to go to this list soon. There are a few things to know before you go listening to pieces.

  • Piccolos may use anything off the Flute list, but choose carefully (ask the Director or your private teacher for help)
  • English horns may use any double-reed solo.
  • Eb Soprano Clarinet may play anything from the regular Clarinet list.
  • Soprano Saxophone can use the Tenor Saxophone solo list for repertoire.
  • Baritone Saxophone can use Alto Saxophone solo repertoire, but approval must be granted from the S&E Music Committee Chair (see the Director for how to do this).
  • Mixed ensembles can use substitute instruments (using a trombone instead of a horn) ONLY as included on the original score. The score will either give you permission to do so or have substitute parts.
  • Trombones and Euphonium lists are interchangeable. Trombones may use Euphonium repertoire and Euphoniums may use Trombone repertoire.
  • Mallets may use grade 1, 2, or 3 Flute or Oboe literature.
  • Instruments that are bracketed are optional parts (this is rare)
  • Quintet music may be used to form quintets, but all five parts must be doubled (except percussion)
  • Chamber Winds must perform in the exact instrumentation - no doubling or substitutions
Find a few pieces you like, then go on YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc., and look up your piece. We recommend using the title, composer, and arranger (if applicable) as your search. Find a few recordings and start listening. Once you have your piece(s) picked out, write down the title, composer, arranger (if applicable), and FBA code (looks like this: AA1001), it's time to go shopping.

Buying Music:
This is something that after high school students will need to know how to do in order to continue participating in music. The cost of building up a personal library is minimal and a $10-$15 investment in music can provide hours and hours of study and use...Well worth the investment.

These are some recommended websites of reputable music vendors. There are others and you're not required to stick to this list but we've had good experiences with all of these companies (we do our music purchasing through JWPepper....We recommend starting there first but you might have a better deal elsewhere. Buy the music and have it shipped to your home. If the option is available for printing online, you will need to make sure you have the proof of purchase receipt with you at the performance.

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Hiring an Accompanist:
Most solos and some duets/trios have piano accompaniment. If the music has a pianist part, you will need to bring in an accompanist to play for you. There are many reputable pianists in the county who charge a more than reasonable cost for accompanying you. These pianists will learn your music, lead usually 1-2 rehearsals with you and be there for your performance. A private lesson can cost $25-$60 an hour. Two rehearsals + a performance for an accompanist is usually in the $30-$40 range. More than decent. We typically do not recommend student accompanists. You will need to seek approval from the Director to use a student accompanist.

This is our short list of pianists that we have experience with. Below this list is a list the County publishes. Feel free to use anyone you wish, but they need to be approved by the Director, especially if you're not using the Director's or County list.

When contacting a pianist, tell them:
  • You go to Rockledge High School
  • The full title of the piece, as well as the composer and the arranger
  • What FBA grade level the piece is (1-7).

Good-to-know information:
  • Get your music to the accompanist as soon as possible
  • Schedule your rehearsals with the pianist as soon as possible
  • Some pianists on this list have a large amount of students. Be flexible.
  • Pianists prefer to be paid at a rehearsal and not at the performance. Most pianists will not play for you without payment received by the performance time. Checks are made payable directly to the pianist.

Pianists (in no particular order) (Not updated for 2018-2019)
 Name   Location   Grade Level RateEmail Phone
 Penni Burckhart

RockledgeAll$40 - Two rehearsals and performanceKBurckha@Yahoo.com321-427-4863 (call/text) 
 Betty Jo Couch

 Palm Bay

$35 - Two rehearsals and performance

$45 - Three rehearsals and performance
BJCouch1619@GMail.com321-431-8402 (call) 
Eun Choe 
Creative Young Artists


$50 321-795-1378 
Mark Seitter
Cross Bridge Church

RockledgeAllContact for ratemseitter@crossbridgenaz.org321-626-6979
 Lori Jahn

Central Brevard All Contact for rate  Lori.D.Jahn@GMail.com321-636-4920 (call/text)  
 Melinda BolenMelbourneAllContact for rateBolenMusic2@GMail.com321-720-6802
 Sally CookMalabarAllContact for
Morgan ThomasWest MelbourneAllContact for 720-4059            
Melanie Marteney Melbourne All Contact for rate 321-259-9984
Charles Manship


***** If these pianists are unavailable for you CLICK HERE for a list of pianists on the County's List *****

Once you know
  • What you are playing
  • The FBA entry code of the piece you are playing
  • The name of the accompanist you are playing with
  • The rehearsal dates and times
THEN fill out the S&E Registration form, have it signed and returned. 

Orchestra Due Date: September 28
Band Due Date: December 13

This is due to the Director no later than . This is a tight window so there is no opportunity for a deadline extension. 

Questions - Email the Director.