April ITA Journal

The April 2020 issue of the ITA Journal has been published online and is now available in the members-only section. For the first time, the Journal is published in a new fresh 4-color format and the design has received a facelift. We hope you will appreciate the upgrades in this new and fresh April issue! Featured in this issue is, among others:

International Trombone Association Awards for 2020
by Dr. L. Brett Baker

Tromboholizm: Poznań Trombone Music Festival
by Karl Hinterbichler

2020 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions Results
by Donny Pinson

Ava Ordman: 2018 Neill Humfeld Award Winner
by Chris Shook and Bob Ward

General News,The President’s Column, Wellness Note, Nuggets of Wisdom, Pedagogy Corner, Audio/Video/Literature Reviews and much more.

Read it here

International Trombone Week 2020

ITW color logoTrombone players marked 2020’s International Trombone Week in style from April 19–30. The focus was on:

  • Staying safe and healthy by creating and sharing online–no gatherings during a pandemic.
  • Playing and listening to music. Lots of it. Generous and talented people who love ITW provided wonderful music for us.
  • Encouraging others. That’s what trombone players do!

Read more about the International Trombone Week here >>

2020 ITA Officers & Board of Advisors Election Results

The 2020 elections for ITA Officers and Board of Advisors closed on March 26 and here are the results. The new terms will begin per July 2020 June and ends at the ITF in 2023. Congratulations to all new Officers and Board of Advisors!

1st Vice President/President Elect
Carol Jarvis

2nd Vice President
Megumi Kanda

Board of Advisors
Brandt Attema, Jessica Buzbee, Randy Hawes, Mark Hetzler, Alex Iles, Christine Purdue Jones, Isabelle Lavoie, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Eijiro Nakagawa, Donna Parkes, Denson Paul Pollard, Kenneth Thompkins

Full info >>>

ITF 2020 cancelled

Over the past few weeks the concern regarding the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus has been growing. The World Health Organization has declared the situation a pandemic, encouraging an aggressive response to the global outbreak. As a result of current worldwide coronavirus situation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 International Trombone Festival, scheduled for July 2-5, 2020. More information will follow to all event ticket holders and competition finalists as soon as it becomes available. By taking these measures we hope to contribute to preventing the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This was not an easy decision, and it obviously has a big impact on our organization. Further updates will be communicated through the websites www.trombone.net and www.trombonefestival.net. Should you have very urgent questions, please contact us at: cancellation@trombone.net.

We will be working to confirm a new date as soon as possible, and information will be posted as it is available. In the meantime, we hope you remain safe and healthy.

2020 Elections

Elections for ITA Officers and Board of Advisors will be held in 2020 and voting will be open to ITA members (*trial memberships excluded) starting March 1.

Members can vote for the 1st Vice President (President Elect) or a write-in, 2nd Vice President or a write-in and 12 candidates for the Board of Advisors. Every ITA member can vote only once, and all votes will be completely anonymous.

ITA members will receive an email from ElectionsBuddy.com on March 1 with a request to cast a vote. The voting closes on March 25, 2020. Results are expected to be published by the ITA Governance Committee on the ITA website early April.

If you don’t have an email registered with ITA and you want to vote, please contact us right away at elections@trombone.net.

The 2020 ballot can be viewed and downloaded here.

Please take the time to cast your vote and have your say in who lead and represent our organization!

ITA Awards 2020

The ITA Awards committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 ITA Awards. The awards are voted upon by past presidents and the current ITA advisory committee.

This year’s ITA Award goes to Megumi Kanda. The ITA Award recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic output in areas such as performance, composition, arranging, teaching, conducting, research and/or service.

The winner of this year’s Neill Humfeld Award was Bart van Lier. The Neill Humfeld Award is given for Excellence in Trombone Teaching recognizes the trombone teaching contributions of the late Neill Humfeld and honors living teachers who have achieved the highest level of excellence in their work.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to James (Jimmy) Pankow. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the trombone profession over a long career.

The Legacy Circle Award, that  recognizes individuals who have made a profound and lasting impact on the evolution of trombone playing, go to Victor Sumerkin and Heinz Fadle.

This years’ Presidents Award chosen by the ITA President Ben van Dijk is awarded to trombonist and teacher Brett Baker.

The in 2019 introduced Kenneth Hanlon Award will this year go to Karl Hinterbichler.

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Thank you!

Many thanks to all trombone players worldwide who participated in our latest survey! The response was overwhelming and we are proud to be able to present a summary of the results online.  For full information please visit https://www.trombone.net/survey


What is Brad Edwards watching?

Are you curious about what Brad Edwards is watching on YouTube? You can find out in our What I’m Watching archives!
Brad Edwards, Associate Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University, has contributed with a few personal and inspiring YouTube videos. We hope you will enjoy them!

Discover Brad’s videos here

2020 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions

Boost the level of your playing and help launch your career to the next level by entering the 2020 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions!

ITF 2020 Japan logo14 categories, including solo, jazz, orchestral, and ensemble competitions

Entry deadline: December 10, 2019

Final rounds to be held at the International Trombone Festival, July 2-5 in Osaka, Japan

2019 Winners Showcase Performers

All applicants in preliminary and final rounds receive feedback from leading trombonists around the world.

Add your name to the impressive list of ITA competition winners!

For more information, visit the ITA Competitions Homepage

ITA Video Archives additions

Don’t miss our latest additions to the ITA video archives! For the bass trombone lovers we have added the amazing Gerry Pagano and Friends recital from ITF2017 in Redlands, CA, with a.o. Douglas Yeo as a guest performer.

For the tenor trombone fans, György Gyivicsán’s ITF2018 recital from Iowa City is now available to all ITA members.

Watch the full performances in our video section!