Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition

For ensembles of 4 trombonists or more (with rhythm section)

First Prize - Featured performance at the 2014 International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

General Rules and Requirements

Additional Rules

  • The competition repertoire should be uploaded as single audio file, without any edits within each selection (single performance from start to end.)
  • Individual selections may be recorded separately and then assembled into a single audio upload.
  • All improvised solos must be performed by regular members of the ensemble - no guest soloists are allowed.
  • No age requirement or school affiliation required.
  • The winning ensemble must utilize only the players who made the sound file recording in their ITF performance - no additional players or substitutions are allowed without the written approval of the Competitions Committee.
  • Winning conductor has total control over the content of their ITF program (within time constraints.)
  • 2010, 2011, 2012, or 2013 Winding Competition winners are not eligible for the 2014 Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition.


20-minute program of music of your choice

Past Winners

Year Winner School
1988 Paul Brewer's Jazz Bones University of Central Oklahoma
1989 no competition
1990 University of North Florida Jazz Trombones University of North Florida
1991 Capitol Bones Washington, D.C.
1992 no competition
1993 no winner
1994 New York Trombone Conspiracy New York City
1995 Slide FX Los Angeles
1996 no winner
1997 Eastman-Winding Trombone Septet Eastman School of Music
1998 no winner
1999 State of the Trombone New York City
2000 University of North Texas Jazz Trombone Ensemble University of North Texas
2001 University of Texas at Austin Jazz Bones University of Texas
2002 Eastman Bionic Bones Eastman School of Music
2003 Tennessee Trombonery University of Tennessee
2004 Piedmont Trombone Society Atlanta, GA
2005 Against the Grain Berklee College of Music
2006 Dease Bones Juilliard School of Music
2007 University of Texas Jazz Bones University of Texas
2008 U-Tubes University of North Texas
2009 Guildhall Jazz Trombone Ensemble Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
2010 Phoenix Jazz Trombones Matt Lennex, leader
2011 Scarlet Knights Jazz Trombones Rutgers University Conrad Herwig and Andy Hunter, leaders
2012 University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Ensemble Jim Pugh, leader
2013 The University of Akron Trombone Group John A. Schantz, leader