Trombone Unit Hannover: ITA Artist Zoom Session

Photo of the ensemble Trombone Unit Hannover
Trombone Unit Hannover

On Sunday June 19, 4PM US Eastern Time / 22:00 CET, the ITA Zoom Session will feature the virtuoso and progressive trombone ensemble Trombone Unit Hannover! We are very excited and look forward to a great session on a.o. repertoire, sound and challenges for chamber music groups – as always, moderated by Kevin McManus. Participants on behalf of the TUH will be Frederic Belli, Tobias Schiessler, Yuval Wolfson and Michael Zühl.

The Artist Zoom Sessions are free, and open for anyone interested; young, old, professionals, students – it does not matter!

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Slide into Spring

Article submission by Nathan Gingrich

Slide Into Spring 2022 – #hybridedition plus Crossbones from Belgium – all part of an incredible International Trombone Month!!!

On Sunday Apr 3, the 9th annual “Slide Into Spring: Calgary’s Trombone Day to celebrate International Trombone Week” was an amazing success on a number of levels!

First of all – we were able to gather in person after 2 long years!  (but we still had an online option – hence #hybridedition). About 40 trombone players got together to be led through a warm-routine by Calgary Philharmonic Principal Trombonist, James Scott.

Then Gareth Jones, Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Calgary rehearsed the entire ensemble through several pieces – most notably Ukraine’s National Anthem because #westandwithukraine

Participants had a chance to simply catch up, ask questions, and talk “all things trombone”. Dave Reid, Principal Bass Trombonist with the Calgary Philharmonic gave us all kinds of incredible trombone wisdom – in particular around the history and development of the… you guessed it: bass trombone!

A mini-concert was held at the end for friends and family and there was even a virtual submission of Malcolm Forsyth’s Trombone Quartet 74, 2nd movement: “Andante Ritmico” performed by the Calgary Trombone Quartet (Nikki McCaslin, Mark Harding, Nathan Gingrich and Greg Robertson).  

But what was really the special announcement was that Calgary was going to host the Belgian Trombone Quintet “Crossbones” and a concert would be presented on Friday April 15!

Through the week of April 12, Crossbones Trombones delighted audiences in the Calgary region with their mix of jazz, classical, and even some pop tune arrangements for trombone quartet and quintet.

In this time of Covid, many music programs have been hit hard. Having live music and the incredible virtuosic playing of Lode Smeets, Peter Delannoye, Søren Brassaert, Pieter Vandermeiren, and Bram Meese in front of students was inspiring and engaging!

Their program included jazz standards like “Bluesette” by Belgian harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, John Williams’ “Olympic fanfare” as well as music from around the world and through the ages!

Their final concert on Friday April 15 was to a packed house at Hope Lutheran Church and garnered a standing ovation with an encore at the end as well!

This was not only a wonderful event, but also a reminder of the power of live music and the connections we have all yearned for over the last 2 years. We look forward to our next trombone day and getting to make new friends from across the world!

We invite you to learn more about Crossbones and watch their Slide into Spring 2022 concert:

Special thanks to the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (CADME) for their generous support! 

Thank you to Nathan Gingrich for sharing this summary report.


Nathan Gingrich with Crossbones – Lode Smeets, Søren Brassaert, Peter Delannoye, Pieter Vandermeiren and Bram Meese


2022 Neill Humfeld Award: Jonas Bylund

Jonas Bylund

JONAS BYLUND is the winner of the 2022 Neill Humfeld Award for Excellence in Trombone Teaching which recognizes the trombone teaching contributions of Neill Humfeld (1928-1991), long-time trombone professor at East Texas State University, and past president of the ITA (1980-1982). The Award honors living teachers who have demonstrated an exceptional level of excellence in their work.

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.

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2022 ITA Award: Carol Jarvis

carol Jarvis

Congratulations CAROL JARVIS on winning the 2022 ITA Award!!

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.

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


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ITA Awards 2022

The ITA Awards Committee is pleased to present Carol Jarvis with the 2022 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 2022 Neil Humfeld Award to Jonas Bylund. The Neil Humfeld award recognizes one teacher each year who has demonstrated an exceptional level of excellence in their work.

Please read more about these outstanding artists and their achievements.

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Kevin Day Commission Lift Every Voice

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the ITA, with support from the Commissions Committee and Advisory Council on Diversity, launched a consortium for a new composition written by composer, Kevin Day. 

The new work will be premiered by the Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir at this summer’s International Trombone Festival in Conway, Arkansas. The Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir is a feature ensemble of outstanding African-American trombonists, covering a wide range of ages and stylistic disciplines. This ensemble celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the trombone and showcases the world class talent within this community of trombonists, with the purpose of inspiring the next generation. 

Kevin Day is an internationally acclaimed composer of over 200 works whose music “intersects between the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music, fusion, and contemporary classical idioms.” His works have been programmed by major orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony and Detroit Symphony. We are pleased to offer this new composition to the trombone community, with the help of 19 co-commissioners from universities and performing organizations around the world.

April ITA Journal delayed

The April 2022 issue of the ITA Journal is now available online in the members-only section. Print copies are, however, severely delayed due to an emergency production stop at our print shop. We hope the issue will be resolved quickly and will keep you updated through our website and social media. Featured in the April issue are, among others:

Henri Tomasi: Concerto pour trombone et orchestre
by Jacques Mauger

Chick Corea’s Concerto for Trombone: A Stroll
by Antonio J. Garcia

Trombones de Costa Rica: Thirty Years of Pura Vida
by Bruce Gunia

2022 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions: Preliminary Rounds Results
by Donny Pinson

Announcing the 2022 International Trombone Festival
by Christopher Sharpe

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.

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