Created by the IWBC Board of Directors, the solo competition has been held in conjunction with every IWBC Conference since the first in 1993. In 2006, the Board officially named it the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition. It is open to all brass musicians of all ages; amateur, student and professional alike. Brass instruments that are qualified to compete include the trumpet, horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Winners receive prize money which is fundraised in conjunction with the Holiday Brass Concerts that occur annually in St. Louis, MO and Baltimore, MD.
The current solo competition has two age categories:
- 24 years and younger
- 25 years and older
Competitors will compete in the category at the age they are by the end of the registration period.