French horn player James Camron Bryant is a division winner in Young Artist “Brass” Competition

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James Camron Bryant, a Phenix City  native, will travel to Lake Buena Vista Fla., in March to compete as a National Finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition.

Bryant, the son of Jody & Jenny Bryant, earned this opportunity after winning the Brass Division of the MTNA Young Artist Competition. A Sophomore at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, Bryant has been studying music for years and is currently a student of Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins.

Bryant was also named runner up in “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band Concerto Competition in 2016, his senior year at Smiths Station High School. His directors were Rusty Courson, Shawn Geiger, Chris Helms & Dr. Bill Shaffer.

The MTNA Young Artist Competition will take place on 19th of March, during the MTNA National Conference. The national winner of this competition receives a cash prize and will perform in a Winners Concert during the conference.

The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each State Competition advance to the division competition. Division winners then proceed to the National Competition Finals.

To receive more information about the MTNA National Competitions, including competition rules and applications please contact MTNA national headquarters at (888) 512-5278, or visit the website at

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 20,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.