Over the past few weeks the concern regarding the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus has been growing. The World Health Organization has declared the situation a pandemic, encouraging an aggressive response to the global outbreak. As a result of current worldwide coronavirus situation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 International Trombone Festival, scheduled for July 2-5, 2020. More information will follow to all event ticket holders and competition finalists as soon as it becomes available. By taking these measures we hope to contribute to preventing the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This was not an easy decision, and it obviously has a big impact on our organization. Further updates will be communicated through the websites www.trombone.net and www.trombonefestival.net. Should you have very urgent questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be working to confirm a new date as soon as possible, and information will be posted as it is available. In the meantime, we hope you remain safe and healthy.
The January 2020 issue of the ITA Journal has been published online and is now available in the members-only section. This issue features, among others:
Colors for Trombone: A Listener and Performer’s Guide
by Christopher Espy
A First for Broadway: The Trombonists of King Kong
by Jennifer Wharton
Happy 20th Birthday Trombonanza
by Dr. Irvin Wagner
by Antonio J. García
General News,The President’s Column, Nuggets of Wisdom, Literature, Pedagogy Corner, Literature Reviews, Audio/Video Reviews and much more.
Read it here
Elections for ITA Officers and Board of Advisors will be held in 2020 and voting will be open to ITA members (*trial memberships excluded) starting March 1.
Members can vote for the 1st Vice President (President Elect) or a write-in, 2nd Vice President or a write-in and 12 candidates for the Board of Advisors. Every ITA member can vote only once, and all votes will be completely anonymous.
ITA members will receive an email from ElectionsBuddy.com on March 1 with a request to cast a vote. The voting closes on March 25, 2020. Results are expected to be published by the ITA Governance Committee on the ITA website early April.
If you don’t have an email registered with ITA and you want to vote, please contact us right away at email@example.com.
The 2020 ballot can be viewed and downloaded here.
Please take the time to cast your vote and have your say in who lead and represent our organization!
The ITA Awards committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 ITA Awards. The awards are voted upon by past presidents and the current ITA advisory committee.
This year’s ITA Award goes to Megumi Kanda. 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 winner of this year’s Neill Humfeld Award was Bart van Lier. 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.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to James (Jimmy) Pankow. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the trombone profession over a long career.
The Legacy Circle Award, that recognizes individuals who have made a profound and lasting impact on the evolution of trombone playing, go to Victor Sumerkin and Heinz Fadle.
This years’ Presidents Award chosen by the ITA President Ben van Dijk is awarded to trombonist and teacher Brett Baker.
The in 2019 introduced Kenneth Hanlon Award will this year go to Karl Hinterbichler.
Many thanks to all trombone players worldwide who participated in our latest survey! The response was overwhelming and we are proud to be able to present a summary of the results online. For full information please visit https://www.trombone.net/survey
Are you curious about what Brad Edwards is watching on YouTube? You can find out in our What I’m Watching archives!
Brad Edwards, Associate Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University, has contributed with a few personal and inspiring YouTube videos. We hope you will enjoy them!
Discover Brad’s videos here
Boost the level of your playing and help launch your career to the next level by entering the 2020 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions!
14 categories, including solo, jazz, orchestral, and ensemble competitions
Entry deadline: December 10, 2019
Final rounds to be held at the International Trombone Festival, July 2-5 in Osaka, Japan
All applicants in preliminary and final rounds receive feedback from leading trombonists around the world.
Add your name to the impressive list of ITA competition winners!
For more information, visit the ITA Competitions Homepage
Don’t miss our latest additions to the ITA video archives! For the bass trombone lovers we have added the amazing Gerry Pagano and Friends recital from ITF2017 in Redlands, CA, with a.o. Douglas Yeo as a guest performer.
For the tenor trombone fans, György Gyivicsán’s ITF2018 recital from Iowa City is now available to all ITA members.
Watch the full performances in our video section!
After offering print reviews of new material for more than forty years in the International Trombone Association Journal, we are excited to expand to the world wide web via the ITA website www.trombone.net. Expanding to the internet offers advantages and solves growing problems as media capability and expectations of readers grow and change.
The volume of literature we handle has outgrown our ability to publish reviews in a timely fashion in the quarterly print journal. Our online column enables us to publish reviews within about three months of receipt. This is a great advancement that brings quality evaluation of new material much closer to its release date.
Our online column is searchable by everyone, not just ITA members, introducing our instrument and its repertoire to everyone from researchers to surfers.
Limits of space are always a concern in the print column. Not so online where reviewers express their evaluations and opinions free of word counts and other space saving limitations.
The archives can be found under the Journal tab in the navigation menu.
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We are proud to present the first video in a series of posts from past International Trombone Festivals. First out is Mark Nightingale’s rendition of ‘Laura’ performed at the 2015 International Trombone festival in Valencia, Spain.
Watch the video here!