The International Trombone Association has several awards it bestows each year. The individual awards are the ITA Award, presented every year to an individual who has greatly influenced the field of trombone, the Neill Humfeld Award, which recognizes outstanding trombone teaching in our profession while honoring the teaching excellence of the late Neill Humfeld, the Legacy Circle Award, for unparalleled accomplishments in the trombone community, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for contributions to the trombone profession over a long career.
The ITA has great pleasure in announcing winners for these awards for 2022.
ITA Award: Carol Jarvis
CAROL JARVIS is one of the most in-demand session musicians in the UK. A multi-award–winning trombonist, keyboard player, arranger, orchestrator and voiceover artist, Carol has toured and recorded extensively with stars such as Sting, Queen, Seal, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse, Bon Jovi, Ellie Goulding and appeared on many renowned television programs with stars such as MUSE, Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bubl., Taylor Swift and so many more. Carol can also be found working with internationally renowned ensembles and some of the world’s top orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and all of the BBC Orchestras. She is often found working in various studios across London, and as such Carol has played on numerous chart-topping singles, albums, TV and movie soundtracks. She has also been a regular trombone player in London’s West End shows for many years.
Carol is a professor of trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she, herself, gained the highest qualifications possible.
Carol is currently president of the board of the International Trombone Festival, a post she has held since 2017, and in 2023 will become the first female president of the International Trombone Association.
Carol’s orchestrations and arrangements have featured on albums at the top of the UK and US billboard charts, been recorded at the famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood and also played during the Academy Awards ceremony.
Carol is a solo endorsed artist with Michael Rath Trombones. For more
The Neill Humfeld Award: Jonas Bylund
JONAS BYLUND was born in Gävle Sweden in 1963. He started to play the trombone at the age of eight and joined the music school band of Gävle a year later.
After completing his studies at the Stockholm State Academy of Music in 1987, Jonas Bylund became principal trombonist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988 he won 1st prize at the international soloist competition CIEM in Geneve and a year later he won the ARD-Wettbewerb in München.
In 1989 he was offered the position of principal trombone with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1990 he returned to Stockholm to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, again as principal trombonist, a post he held until 1995. In the 92–93 season he concurrently held the same position with the Bamberger Symphoniker.
Jonas has appeared as a soloist with a number of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Philarmonia Orchestra (London), Royal Stockholm Philarmonic, Oslo Philarmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Suisse Romande, and the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Jonas is one of the founding members of the world-famous brass quintet Stockholm Chamber Brass. Since 1995 Jonas has held the position of professor of trombone at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover. He is also professor for trombone at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. His students have been prize winners at international competitions such as the ARD Wettbewerb, Aeolus International Competition in Düsseldorf, Prague Spring Competition, Citta di Porcia, Christian Lindberg International Trombone Competition (Valencia), the Gdansk International Brass Competition and at a number of ITA competitions, including three times the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition, in 2006 and in 2012 with the Hannover Trombone class, and in 2020 with the Trombone Class of the Norwegian Academy of Music. Many of his students have gained positions in leading symphony orchestras including, among others, the Bamberger Symphoniker, DSO Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Hamburg, SWR Sinfonieorchester, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Beside his pedagogic and concert career Jonas Bylund has also been active as an actor in theatre, opera, and film. He played the role of the magician in Jonas Forsell’s opera The Princess and the Moon at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and he appeared as Joe Bailadorno in Frederik Högberg’s brass western The Ballade of Kit Bones.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Locksley “Slide” Hampton
“Slide” Hampton has held one of the longest and most celebrated jazz careers of any instrumentalist, still active until his death at the age of 89 in November 2021. He demonstrated a lifelong commitment to jazz trombone, arranging and composing and a commitment to excellence and achievement
Lifetime Achievement Award: Betty Glover
Glover, Betty Lee Semple (b. 1923). American trombone, bass trombone, baritone horn, and euphonium player, educator, and conductor. Born in Hudson, Illinois, Betty Semple’s early musical training was on piano and trumpet. She switched to baritone horn while in high school and won prizes at regional and national solo contests. Herman Bellstedt’s solo for baritone horn, Betty Lee (Frank Simon, 1944), was composed for and dedicated to Betty Semple; a photo of her with her baritone horn appeared on the cover of the publication. Before enrolling at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1940, Semple began playing trombone, and a year later, she transferred to Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she studied trombone with Ernest Glover; he was also principal trombonist with the Cincinnati Symphony at that time. Upon graduation from CCM in 1944, Betty Semple won the principal trombone position with the Kansas City Philharmonic (1944–1948) and in 1948, accepted the principal trombone position with the Columbus Symphony although when the orchestra disbanded in 1949, she returned to Cincinnati where she and Ernest Glover were married, she completed her master’s degree, and she freelanced in the area. In 1952, Betty Glover accepted the bass trombone position with the Cincinnati Symphony; she also played tenor tuba (euphonium) with the orchestra until her retirement in 1985. From 1952 to 1992, Glover taught trombone and euphonium at CCM and after the death of Ernest Glover in 1968, she directed the school’s widely acclaimed brass choir (the school merged with the College of Music in Cincinnati in 1955 and changed its name to Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music). Betty Glover also worked closely with C. G. Conn in a redesign of the 60H bass trombone. In 1993, the first International Women’s Brass Conference honored Betty Glover as a brass woman pioneer.
Legacy Circle Award: Lillian Briggs
Briggs, Lillian “Tiger Lil”, born Lillian Biggs Kistler, married name Lillian Biggs Winograd (1933–
1998). American jazz trombonist and rock and roll singer. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lillian Briggs joined Joy Cayler’s All-Girl Orchestra in 1952 as trombonist and singer. She began appearing nationally later that year in performances sponsored by Alan Freed and Jack Petrill who, in 1954, secured a recording contract for Briggs with Epic Records. Her first recording was her greatest hit, John Hendricks’s “I Want You to Be My Baby” (1955)—it sold over a million copies and peaked at number 18 on the Billboard charts—and in that same year, she appeared on The Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen where she sang her signature tune and played a chorus on trombone. In 1956, she was billed as “The Queen of Rock and Roll” while performing in Sydney, Australia; this was the same year that Elvis Presley was dubbed “The King of Rock and Roll.” Lillian Briggs played the trombone in most of her live concerts, and she was always identified with the instrument, but she soloed on only one of her many commercial singles (she never recorded an album), “Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop” (1958). Briggs was featured in the movie The Ladies Man (1961) starring Jerry Lewis; she is shown playing trombone at the beginning of the film’s big production number, although her trombone playing was ghosted by
Hoyt Bohannon. In 1976, Lillian Briggs quit show business and embarked on a highly successful second career as a real estate developer.
Legacy Circle Award: Dorothy Ziegler
Ziegler, Dorothy Miriam “Dottie” (1922–1972). American trombonist, pianist, and vocal coach. Born
in Muscatine, Iowa, Dorothy Ziegler attended Eastman School of Music where she double majored in
trombone and piano; she studied trombone with Emory Remington and in 1943, was the first female
trombonist to be awarded Eastman’s performer’s certificate in trombone (she was also awarded a
performer’s certificate in piano). In 1940, Dorothy Ziegler played first trombone with Leopold
Stokowski’s first All-American Youth Orchestra (other members of the orchestra’s trombone section
included Solomon Charles Gusikoff—at the time he was principal trombonist of the Philadelphia
Orchestra—Thomas Cramer, and Edward Kleinhammer) and she was selected by Serge Koussevitzky to attend the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Berkshire Music Center (now the Tanglewood Music Center) in 1941 and 1942. Ziegler held trombone positions with the National Symphony (1943–1944) and St. Louis Symphony (1944–1963; principal trombone, 1944–1958). During her tenure in St. Louis, she earned a master’s degree in piano from University of Southern California (1946) and a performer’s certificate in piano from the American Conservatory in Paris (1947). Ziegler was an accomplished pianist and vocal coach and served as accompanist for the St. Louis Grand Opera Guild; she was the Guild’s conductor and artistic director from 1955 to 1964. She left St. Louis in 1964 to become director of the Indiana University Opera Theater, and from 1966 to 1971, she taught at the University of Miami as director of the university’s opera theater while continuing to play and teach trombone. In 2012, the International Women’s Brass Conference (posthumously) recognized Dorothy Ziegler for her accomplishments as a pioneering female brass player.
Ken Halon Award: Milt Sabin
Milt Sabin has among others assisted ITA in setting up its current Endowment, and has been a key player in establishing the current stable finances and financial protocols. All on a volunteer basis, and as part of ITA’s Audit Committee, Milt has served with tireless effort, for which ITA is truly thankful.