Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition

For trombonists ages 22 and under (birth date of January 1, 1993 or later)

First Prize - TBA

General Rules and Requirements

Additional Rules

  • Required repertoire should be uploaded as two separate audio files. No edits may be made within a single track.
  • Any audible count-offs will violate the spoken dialogue rule and are grounds for disqualification.
  • Recordings must be made with a live rhythm section (minimum 2 members) in the key of your choice.
  • Choruses must be improvised and not read.
  • It is the performer’s choice to play one or two choruses of the melody on each selection. The maximum number of choruses, including the melody, must not be exceeded.
  • Recordings taken from a Jazz Band performance are not allowed.
  • Past winners of the Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition are not eligible in the 2016 Fontana competition.

Preliminary & Final Round Repertoire Requirements

  • Six to eight (6 - 8) choruses of Blues (including the melody).
  • Three to four (3 - 4) choruses of one of the following tunes: Beautiful Friendship, Emily, If I Only Had a Brain, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, or It Might as Well be Spring.

Past Winners

Year Winner School
2007 Joe McDonough Temple University
2008 Robbie Harvey Guildhall School of Music
2009 Eric Bowman Western Michigan University
2010 Eric Miller Manhattan School of Music
2011 Javier Nero Juilliard School of Music
2012 Ido Meshulam Berklee College of Music
2013 Kyle Johnson Texas State University
2014 Nicholas Lombardelli The University of the Arts
2015 Matt Hettwer California State University