Composition Contest winner

Black and white photograph of David Felaris in studio

In November 2023, we invited talented composers to showcase their trombone writing skills in a contest. Composers were invited to submit an original trombone octet of 5-7 minutes in length.

The winning submission is Sunrise Over Frost and Fog by David Faleris ( Congratulations!

Trombone players may download and perform it at no cost (see below). Faleris’ wonderful new work has been introduced to the world as part of the ongoing International Trombone Week (ITW). We encourage trombone ensembles to share recordings; please tag your performance videos on social media using #spitvalve and #trombone.

As the winning composer, David Faleris will receive a:

Winner: David FalerisSunrise Over Frost and Fogscore | sound file

2nd place: Ian Lester with Release the Beast!

3rd place: Noel Freeman with Launchpad

4th place: Garrett Booth with Beauty in the Daunting Time

Madeline Lee
David Wilborn
Hana Beloglavec and the Florida State University Trombone Octet
Martin McCain and the University of Memphis Slide Society Octet
Justin Waller and the East Tennessee State University Trombone Ensemble
Tim Dueppen and the Lamar University Trombone Choir