MYJO has been winning awards for performance throughout its history.
BBC National Big Band Competition
- Youth Section 1979, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990.
- Senior Section 1991, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2005 (final year)
Because of the rules of the competition, MYJO was unable to compete in the alternate years after 1986. In 1993, because of its success, the winning band was banned for two years instead of one. The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra was unbeaten in the contest from 1986 until the competition was axed by the BBC in 2005.
- Miami – 1991 OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO JAZZ EDUCATION
- Toronto – 2003 OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO JAZZ EDUCATION
DUTCH NATIONAL BIG BAND COMPETITION
- 2000 – including best drummer prize