International Trombone Festival 2019

The 2019 International Trombone Festival will occur on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, hosted by BSU Assistant Professor of Trombone Chris Van Hof. Located about 50 miles north of Indianapolis, Muncie is centrally located in the American Midwest and is an easy drive from major cities including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Nashville, and Cincinnati.

The ITF this year will be among the most diverse lineups yet, consisting of a wide range of musical styles, types of ensembles, and personal backgrounds of Artists. Expect world-class solo performances from Artists including Jörgen van Rijen, David Rejano, Mayumi Shimizu, and Peter Steiner. Enjoy compelling chamber music and jazz ensemble performances from Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm, the brass quartet The Westerlies, So Wrong It’s Right, and early music ensemble Incantare. And, being the home state of the great JJ Johnson, we are thrilled to present an homage to JJ during the Friday evening concert featuring soloists Tony Baker, Vince Gardner, Ryan Keberle, and Eliot Mason performing original J&K+6 charts as well as providing their own original takes on Johnson compositions.
This will be four days packed full of world premieres, inspiring teaching, a fantastic exposition hall with all the latest horns, gear, and sheet music, and, of course, trombone fellowship with friends new and old. For more information including registration, visit

New online Literature Reviews archive

After offering print reviews of new material for more than forty years in the International Trombone Association Journal, we are excited to expand to the world wide web via the ITA website Expanding to the internet offers advantages and solves growing problems as media capability and expectations of readers grow and change.

The volume of literature we handle has outgrown our ability to publish reviews in a timely fashion in the quarterly print journal. Our online column enables us to publish reviews within about three months of receipt. This is a great advancement that brings quality evaluation of new material much closer to its release date.

Our online column is searchable by everyone, not just ITA members, introducing our instrument and its repertoire to everyone from researchers to surfers.

Limits of space are always a concern in the print column. Not so online where reviewers express their evaluations and opinions free of word counts and other space saving limitations.

The archives can be found under the Journal tab in the navigation menu.



January ITA Journal online

The January 2019 issue of the ITA Journal has been published online in the members-only section.

Remembering “Jangles”: A Tribute to William Russell Watrous III
by Aric Schneller

Bill Watrous Soli and Solo on “This Is Love”
by Aric Schneller

Finding Marguerite Dufay
by Douglas Yeo

Pre-Feeling and Post-Feeling: Relaxation and Resonance Part I
by David William Brubeck


General News,The President’s Column, Letter to the Editor, Literature, Orchestral Sectional, Literature Reviews, Audio/Video Reviews and much more.

Read it here

Houlding it Together

We are very proud to present Houlding it Together, a brand new and previously unpublished duet album by Chris Houlding, as the latest addition to ITA’s growing music streaming archive!

The impressive list of contributing artists includes, among others, Joseph Alessi, Ben van Dijk, Don Lucas, Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, Brett Baker, Ansgar Striepens, Carol Jarvis & Jiggs Whigham.

“The inspiration for this album came from so many memorable collaborations with colleagues, all of whom demonstrate superlative qualities as teachers, performers but above all friends. Recorded at various locations around the globe over the last ten years I hope you enjoy the breadth of diversity and style represented here.”

Full information about the album.

What I’m Watching

Welcome to What I’m Watching, a brand new project based on personal YouTube video selections, chosen by prominent trombonists and educators from all over the world. The aim of the project is to inspire, help discovering new topics and learn more about the person behind the trombone. We hope the project will be an inspiration to trombone players worldwide and new insights will be gained. The video selections will be published with regular intervals and first out is the current ITA President, Ben van Dijk, with What the President is Watching on the link below! We hope you will enjoy it!

Ben van Dijk – What the ITA President is Watching

Exclusive offer for pBone users

We are delighted to offer an exclusive and free 6-month trial ITA membership for all pBone users.

You’ll be able to browse all current and past issues of the world’s leading trombone magazine, the ITA Journal, filled with interesting articles of famous trombonists from across the globe, as well as the art of trombone playing at all levels. You will also be able to listen to our latest music streaming project with East Meets West Trombones conducted by Jay Friedman, as described below on our timeline. Plus much more!

To claim the discount code for your free trial membership, please visit:

The trial membership is for e-membership only and does not include registration discount for the annual International Trombone Festival or the ITA Solo & Ensemble Competition, inclusion in any CD/DVD project mailing, and voting rights in any ITA nomination or election process. Only applicable once per person. Existing ITA members are ineligible.