Fairfax Lions Club Bland Music Contest

Posted on March 12, 2024

Since 1948, Lions Clubs across VA – at Club, Regional and State levels – have held annual music competitions and awarded cash prizes and scholarships to youth.  They are called the “Bland Music Contests,” named for the Black composer James A. Bland (1854–1911), one of the greatest writers of American folk songs…he composed over 700 songs, including “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny.”

On March 10, 2024 Fairfax Lions Club held its annual Bland Contest. Congratulations to all contestants; their performances were excellent; It was a pleasure to watch such fine talent on display by today’s young people.

Three young persons were awarded cash prizes and advance to the Regional competition on April 7th.

Judy Leonard, age 14, 8th Grade at Rocky Run Middle School
1st Place Vocal
Jude Bruce, age 11, 6th Grade at Trinity Christian School
2nd Place Instrumental
Connor Kim,  age 12, 7th Grade at Liberty Middle School
1st Place Instrumental
 Composition:  “On My Ownfrom Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg.
 Composition:  Concert Etude (Un Sospiro) S. 144, No. 3  by Franz Liszt.

Composition:  The Lark by Glinka/Balakirev.

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