2017 Elections

italogoThe 2017 elections for ITA Officers and Board of Advisors launched today (March 1) and all ITA members in good standing should have received an email from ElectionsBuddy.com with a request to cast your vote.

Members can vote for 1st Vice President (President Elect) or a write-in, 2nd Vice President or a write-in and up to 12 candidates for the Board of Advisors. Every ITA member can vote only once, and all votes will be anonymous. The voting starts on March 1 and will close on March 25, 2017. Results are expected to be published early April. The ITA Governance Committee will announce the results on the ITA website and ITA Journal.

Please take the time to cast your vote and have your say in who leads and represents our organization.

An overview with all biographies of the candidates can be downloaded here.

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International Trombone Week is April 2-9, 2017!

ITW color logo with datesYou are invited to be part of this special opportunity for music-making, fun, and community service.

New this year: To mark ITW’s 15th anniversary, we’re launching a global initiative to support an inspiring charity that’s improving the world through brass music and education.

Participants will perform, listen to, and learn about the trombone. Events will come in many shapes and sizes all over the world this April.

Organize or join an ITW trombone event near you. Learn more and join us!

ITF 2017: Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2017 International Trombone Festival and the Jr. International Trombone Festival, both held at the University of Redlands in California June 28-July 1. There are many excellent hotels nearby, and several options exist for dormitory housing. But be sure to register early to be guaranteed you receive your top dormitory room choice. For more information go to http://www.trombonefestival.net/2017.

January 2017 Journal published online

The January 2017 issue of the ITA Journal has been published online in the members-only section.

Getting Started with Jazz Improvisation
by Craig Arnold, Tony Baker, Antonio García and Bill Holmes, with Michael Dickinson

East meets West Trombones
by Taylor Hughey

Mogens Andresen: 2016 Neill Humfeld Award Winner
by Bruce Gunia

International Trombone Week 2017
by Colleen Wheeler

Announcing the 2017 International Trombone Festival
by Julia Broome-Robinson


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


ITA Awards 2017

The ITA Awards committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ITA Awards. The awards are voted upon by past presidents and the current ITA advisory committee.

The winner of this year’s Neill Humfeld Award was Ben van Dijk from the Netherlands. 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.

This year’s ITA Award goes to jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon 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 Life time achievement Award will be presented to John Kenny. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the trombone profession over a long career.

This years’ Presidents Award chosen by the ITA President Joseph Alessi goes to Dee Stewart and  Brass for Africa.

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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: http://pbone.co.uk/free-ita-membership/

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.

East meets West Trombones

42-720The release of the East meets West Trombone choir CD is the culmination of a project that started back in the early 1980’s when Jay Friedman transcribed a couple of excerpts as an orchestral study, from the 1st act of Wagner’s Die Walkure, for his then low brass section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which he coaches still today.

In the mid 80’s, Jay founded the Chicago Trombone Choir, a 12-16 member group of students and professional players in the Chicago area. Since there was very little repertoire for that sized group, he started making arrangements of standard symphonic works for this group.

This has resulted in a CD with trombone choir arrangements called East meets West Trombones recorded on two occasions during the fall of 2014. A warm thank-you goes out to the players, who have donated their time for this project.

We are very proud to be able to offer a free stream of the CD to all ITA members. We hope you will enjoy it!
Listen to East meets West Trombones here

2017 ITA Solo & Ensemble Competitions


Applications for the 2017 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions are now open through December 1, 2016. Applications can be submitted at: https://app.getacceptd.com/ita.

For submission instructions, please click here.

Complete rules and information for the 2017 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions are now available on the competitions pages. Please note several exciting changes for this year, including the requirement of video entries for the Marsteller, Quartet, and JJ Johnson competitions.

The competition finals are to be held at the
International Trombone Festival on June 28 – July 1, 2017 at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, USA