Epic Opera Excerpt Battle declares winner!

Thirty-two excerpts battled throughout June and into July. The final skirmish has concluded and a winner has been declared.

Götterdämmerung and Nabucco fought the good fight. And the winner is…

July ITA Journal

The July 2021 issue of the ITA Journal is now available online in the members-only section. Print copies will mail mid-July and will soon be underway to members with print memberships. Featured in the July issue are, among others:

An Interview with Alan Raph
by Jack Schatz

Clay Smith: Trombonist on the Chautauqua Trail, 1904–1930
by Timothy Howe

Making the Trombone Cool for 54 Years: An Interview with James Pankow
by Kevin M. McManus

General News,The President’s Column, Orchestral Sectional, Wellness Note, Perspectives on Longevity, Philosophies, Practices, and Pedagogies of Performing Professionals, Pedagogy Corner, Audio/Video/Literature Reviews and much more.

Read it here




Please vote in The Semi Finals

Epic Opera Excerpt Battle Day 29 Your vote is needed in the The Epic Opera Trombone Excerpt Battle!

Two Semi Final candidates are clashing now. Please listen to the two brief excerpts and indicate your favorite with a vote by noon (eastern) on July 8th.

2021 Annual General Meeting

The 2021 ITA Annual General Meeting will be held online and the meeting will be open to ITA members in good standing. The AGM will take place on Zoom on June 27 at 2 PM US EDT/20:00 Central European Time.

A number of 2021 Award winners will be introduced and honored during the meeting.

On June 24, all ITA members eligible to vote will receive a registration link by email. After registering, a link to the meeting will be sent in a separate email.

We hope to see you on June 27!

The ITA Executive Board, Officers and Directors

Epic excerpt battle underway

Logo for Opera Excerpt BattleHelp launch one trombone excerpt to ultimate victory!

Every day in June, we publish a pair of trombone opera excerpts here (and on Facebook). Visit, listen, and vote for your favorite, so the winning excerpt can move to the next round.

Roger Cutts, Principal Trombone of the Welsh National Opera, created these looped videos to tell the story of opera from the trombone section’s perspective.

Please vote for your favorite today!

ITA Artist Zoom Session: Chicago Symphony Low Brass


We are extremely excited to host the magnificent Chicago Symphony Low Brass Section on our next ITA Artist Zoom Session, Sunday June 13! We hope you will join the hang. There are going to be lots of interesting topics and opportunity to ask questions.

The Zoom Session with the Chicago Symphony Low Brass will be on Sunday June 13 at 4 PM US EDT / 20:00 GMT / 22:00 Central European Time.

The Artist Zoom Sessions are free, and open for anyone interested; young, old, professionals, students – it does not matter! The only thing we ask you to do is register so we know you will be joining.

more info and registration>>

ITA Awards 2021

The ITA Awards Committee is pleased to present Charles Vernon with the 2021 ITA Award. The ITA Award is presented to one individual every year who has greatly influenced the field of trombone in performance, composition, arranging, teaching, conducting, research, and/or service.

The Awards Committee is also pleased to present the 2021 Neil Humfeld Award to David Sporny. The Neil Humfeld award recognizes one teacher each year who has demonstrated an exceptional level of excellence in their work.

The 2021 Lifetime Achievement is awarded to Trevor Herbert, and the Legacy Circle Awards go to Keith Brown, Russell ‘Big Chief’ Moore and Joannés Rochut.

Please read more about these outstanding artists and their achievements.

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International Trombone Week 2021

This is ITW's logo imageInternational Trombone Week’s official dates are April 11–18, 2021… but (per usual) we’ll be celebrating all month long.

Please join us! Everyone is welcome to celebrate, and we’ll be spotlighting some activities.

Read more, and find ideas and free resources, on ITW’s official page.