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2018 Oz YouTube Marimba Competition

Presented by the Nick Parnell Percussion Academy

Oz YouTube Marimba Competition

Could you be Australia’s YouTube Marimba Champion? The search is on to find Australia’s best school-age mallet percussion players. Video your best marimba, vibraphone or xylophone piece, upload it to YouTube and go into the running the become Australia’s YouTube marimba star while winning some great prizes! #OzYTMarimbaComp

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All ages are as of Nov 30th, 2018

Open to all Australian school students who play mallet percussion. While we’ve called it the Oz “Marimba” Competition, we love vibraphone & xylophone too!

How it Works

Step 1: Read through the rules below & register

Registrations are now open. At the time of registration you can either upload your video URL, or you can e-mail it to by the closing date of Nov 30th.

Step 2: Video yourself playing your favourite marimba pieces and upload by Nov 30th

You will need to create a YouTube account if you don’t have one (or use your parents’ or teachers’) and upload your video. Once completed, please e-mail the URL link to . After the closing date you may be able to view other applicants’ videos on Nick Parnell’s social media channels. Use the hashtag #OzYTMarimbaComp and include in the description “2018 Nick Parnell Oz YouTube Marimba Comp entry”.

Step 3: Winners announced on Dec 17th

The winners will be announced to all applicants via e-mail on Dec 17th. All applicants will also receive useful feedback and tips on their performance from the judges within approximately two weeks of the winner been announced.

Registration Fee: $35 per applicant
Closing Date: Nov 30th

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One winner per category will be announced. Each winner will receive:

All applicants receive a certificate of participation & personalised written feedback from Judges

Why take part?

Check out some of last years videos HERE



Applicants must be attending school and under 18 years of age at closing date. Applicants must be living in Australia.

Applicant’s video should not be any longer than 10 minutes in duration and may contain as many pieces are desired.

Applicant’s pieces may be with or without accompaniment and performed on marimba, vibraphone or xylophone. Ensemble based pieces are not permitted.

Music choices are the applicant’s own choice. Applicants are encouraged to choose pieces that best demonstrate the their musicianship and technical ability.

Applicants may video their performances as many times and in any way they wish until they are satisfied. The video must be recorded between July 30 and the closing date of this year.

No editing of the audio file is permitted.

Editing of the visual (camera angles) is acceptable, providing you use one complete take of the audio file.

Once an applicant’s clip is uploaded and e-mailed to the Nick Parnell Percussion Academy, there can be no further alterations.

While applicants are encouraged to record their performance in the best way possible, the quality of the actual video recording will not affect the assessment.

The judge’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.

Applicants agree to their clip been shared and used by the Nick Parnell Percussion Academy for promotion purposes.

The Oz YouTube Marimba Competition is created to be a fun, positive and encouraging experience for all applicants. Any inappropriate comments on social media channels will result in the offending applicant been disqualified.

By entering the Oz YouTube Marimba Competition you agree to abide to above Rules. Any breach of the rules may result in disqualification.


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