ITA Awards 2019


The ITA Awards committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 ITA Awards. The awards are voted upon by past presidents and the current ITA advisory committee.

This year’s ITA Award goes to Michael Mulcahy. 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 Nathaniel Brickens. 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 Irvin L. Wagner. 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 Melba Liston, Urbie Green and Bill Watrous.

This years’ Presidents Award chosen by the ITA President Ben van Dijk is awarded to bass trombonist Bill Reichenbach.

A new award for 2019 is the Kenneth Hanlon Award, which will go to Steve Wolfinbarger.

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New online Literature Reviews archive


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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Houlding it Together


We are very proud to present Houlding it Together, a brand new and previously unpublished duet album by Chris Houlding, as the latest addition to ITA’s growing music streaming archive!

The impressive list of contributing artists includes, among others, Joseph Alessi, Ben van Dijk, Don Lucas, Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, Brett Baker, Ansgar Striepens, Carol Jarvis & Jiggs Whigham.

“The inspiration for this album came from so many memorable collaborations with colleagues, all of whom demonstrate superlative qualities as teachers, performers but above all friends. Recorded at various locations around the globe over the last ten years I hope you enjoy the breadth of diversity and style represented here.”

Full information about the album.

Exclusive offer for pBone users


We are delighted to offer an exclusive and free 6-month trial ITA membership for all pBone users.

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!

To claim the discount code for your free trial membership, please visit: http://pbone.co.uk/free-ita-membership/

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.