The TAPAS (Trombone Artists Playing for Amateurs and Students) Project is one of the tools ITA President Jiggs Whigham has created to promote the trombone and all trombone-related activities across the world. A multi-faceted project, TAPAS encourages ALL members of the ITA to get involved and recruit new members into our association. The whole premise behind the program is to promote the vision and mission of ITA at any concerts, events, master classes and schools that we can, in hopes of spreading the joy of the trombone and our association to many that might not know much about it.
Why Join the ITA
- With more members, the ITA will be able to increase its resources and networks across the globe.
- For the cost of less than one trip to Starbucks a month, anyone can be a member of the ITA!
- You will have online access to an archive with more than 40 years of ITA Journal publications that contains scholarly, pedagogical, biographical, historical and other various types of articles.
- You will receive the latest ITA Journal quarterly online and/or hardcopy.
- The Member's Only section of the ITA website provides various benefits as to current members
- Take advantage of discounted registration fee to attend the International Trombone Festival
- and much, much more!!!
- We would like to offer two incentives for your participation in the TAPAS project. We are very fortunate to have the support of the Conn-Selmer Corporation. They have very kindly agreed to award the first ten ITA members who recruit ten or more new members to the association with a free pBone! We are deeply grateful for their generosity!
NOTE: In order to take advantage of the "free pBone" offer, you will need to have your recruits apply for membership to the ITA using this membership form: TAPAS ITA membership form.
- Also, Tom Ervin is most generously offering one of his "Counterparts" books (for the Bordogni or Voxman - your choice) for the professors willing to participate. This offer will be valid to university, college and junior/community college teachers for any TAPAS event scheduled through May of 2013, while supplies last.
NOTE: In order to take advantage of Tom Ervin's offer, contact Dr. Ben McIlwain to redeem at email@example.com.
Ben McIlwain, TAPAS Director
- Dr. Ben McIlwain
- Director of TAPAS Project, The University of Southern Mississippi
U.S.A. State Representatives
If you are interested in representing any of the following vacant states, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Eddie Elsey, University of North Alabama
- Dr. James Bicigo, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
- David Vining, Northern Arizona University
- Josh Bledsoe, University of Central Arkansas
- Mark Lawrence, San Francisco Conservatory
- Dr. Nathaniel Wickham, University of Northern Colorado
- Scott Hartman, Yale University
- Dr. Bruce Tychinski, University of Delaware
- District of Columbia
- Sam Woodhead, US Army "Pershings Own" Band
- Michael Wilkinson, University of Central Florida
- Dr. Brad Palmer, Columbus State University
- Jason Byerlotzer, University of Hawaii/ Honolulu Symphony
- Elliot Chasanov, University of Illinois
- M. Dee Stewart, Indiana University
Carl Lenthe, Indiana University
Chris Canapa. Indiana University (Grad assistant)
Eric Rogers, Indiana University (Grad assistant)
- Grady McGrannahan, Drake University
- Dr. Michael Davidson, University of Kansas
- Dr. Brett Shuster, University of Louisville
- Steven Menard, Louisiana State University
- Dr. Dan Barrett, University of Maine
- Toby Oft, New England Conservatory/ Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, Western Michigan University
- Tom Ashworth, University of Minnesota
- Dr. Ben McIlwain, University of Southern Mississippi
- Dr. Matthew Hoormann, Lindenwood University
- Dr. Scott Anderson, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Weston Sprott, Rutgers University/ Metroplitan Opera
- New Mexico
- New York
- Denson Paul Pollard, Juilliard/ Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
- North Carolina
- Dr. Drew Leslie, Appalachian State University
- North Dakota
- Dr. Joel Pugh, University of North Dakota
- Sarah Paradis, Ohio Univesity
- Henry Henniger, University of Oregon
- Anthony Triplett, Philadelphia-area freelance player
- Rhode Island
- Gabe Langfur, University of Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Dr. Mark Britt, Furman
- South Dakota
- Dr. Jonathan Alvis, University of South Dakota
- Jeremy Wilson, Vanderbilt University
- Dr. Martin McCain, Texas State University- San Marcos
- Dr. Donn Schaefer, University of Utah
- Dr. Nathan Dishman, University of Virginia
- Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, University of Washington/ Seattle Symphony
- West Virginia
- Dr. Keith Jackson, University of West Virginia
- Mark Hetzler, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Dr. Mark Rabideau, University of Wyoming