October 2017 Journal published online

The October 2017 issue of the ITA Journal has been published online in the members-only section and the hard copies will mail soon.

International Trombone Festival 2017
by Taylor Hughey

JR. ITF 2017
by Sean Reusch

2017 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions
Final Round Results

by Donny Pinson

M. Dee Stewart “The Meat in The Sandwich”
by Evan Conroy


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


2018 ITA Solo & Ensemble Competitions

Applications for the 2018 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions are now open through December 1, 2018. Applications can be submitted at: https://app.getacceptd.com/ita.

For submission instructions, please click here.

Complete rules and information for the 2018 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions are now available on the competitions pages.

The competition finals are to be held at the
International Trombone Festival on July 11-14, 2018 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

2017 ITA Officers & Board of Advisors Election Results

The 2017 elections for ITA Officers and Board of Advisors closed on March 25 and here are the results. The new terms will begin during the 2017 International Trombone Festival in late June and ends at the ITF in 2020. Congratulations to all new Officers and Board of Advisors!

1st Vice President/President Elect
Jacques Mauger

2nd Vice President
Carol Jarvis

Board of Advisors
Michael Davis, David Jackson, Zoltan Kiss, Tom Bones Malone, Natalie Mannix, Michael Mulcahy, James Pankow, Dee Stewart, Peter Sullivan, Kirsten Warfield, Denis Wick, Phil Wilson

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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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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!

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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