50th Anniversary Trombone Fanfare Composition Competition

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Judging is underway now! Everyone was invited to write a 50-second-long trombone fanfare in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the International Trombone Association. Submissions were due on December 31, 2022.

The winning fanfare will be announced in April during International Trombone Week (ITW). It will be available to download from the ITA site at no cost for ensembles that wish to perform it during ITW 2023. Trombone ensembles will be encouraged to record and share themselves performing the winning fanfare in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ITA and the 20th anniversary of International Trombone Week.

The winning composer will receive a:

Composition requirements

Submissions needed to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for consideration:

  1. The fanfare must be scored for 8 trombones (6 Tenor and 2 Bass Trombones).
  2. The fanfare should be within a Grade 3 – Easy Grade 4. View grade definitions here.
  3. The fanfare must be a maximum of 50 seconds long (or slightly under). 
  4. Fanfares must be clearly formatted (with a score and individual parts included) in a single PDF file. Exact tempo and style indications must be included. The composer’s name must be written in the score. No handwritten scores accepted.
  5. You may submit up to two fanfares for consideration.
  6. Each submission must include one PDF score (individual parts included; max 15MB) and one MIDI recording (WAV or mp3; max 30MB).

In pursuit of diversity, we especially invited individuals representing under-represented groups to apply.

Deadline: The competition is closed and judging is underway.

Please note: The winner of this competition agrees to extend their permission to ITA to publish the piece at no cost through December 2023. In addition, any trombone ensemble may record or perform the work without any compensation going to the composer.

Questions? Contact us at fanfare AT trombone DOT net