ITF 2020 cancelled


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: cancellation@trombone.net.

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.

January ITA Journal


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

Bill Reichenbach
by Antonio J. García

Plus
General News,The President’s Column, Nuggets of Wisdom, Literature, Pedagogy Corner, Literature Reviews, Audio/Video Reviews and much more.

Read it here

2020 Elections


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 elections@trombone.net.

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!

2020 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions


Boost the level of your playing and help launch your career to the next level by entering the 2020 ITA Solo and Ensemble Competitions!

ITF 2020 Japan logo14 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

2019 Winners Showcase Performers

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

ITA Video Archives additions


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!

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.

What I’m Watching


Welcome to What I’m Watching, a brand new project based on personal YouTube video selections, chosen by prominent trombonists and educators from all over the world. The aim of the project is to inspire, help discovering new topics and learn more about the person behind the trombone. We hope the project will be an inspiration to trombone players worldwide and new insights will be gained. The video selections will be published with regular intervals and first out is the current ITA President, Ben van Dijk, with What the President is Watching on the link below! We hope you will enjoy it!

Ben van Dijk – What the ITA President is Watching