Congratulations Brian!

Congratulations to Quad City Wind Ensemble conductor Brian Hughes on winning the 2015 American Prize in conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble: Community/School Division.

This is actually the second American Prize for Brian. He was conductor when the QCWE won the American Prize in 2012 in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance: Community Division.

Founded in 2009, The American Prize is a series of new nonprofit competitions designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the nation based on submitted recordings. Winners receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances.

In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites. For more information about the competition, visit

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