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International Trombone Week

20th Anniversary: April 16-23, 2023

Get ready to celebrate this April (the “official” week is April 16-23). Everyone is invited. Yes… that means you. 🙂 Stay in-touch and up-to-date via ITA’s website and social media channels.

Organize or participate in an event…

April’s Trombone Event Map (example below) is a Community-Created Cornucopia of Trombone Goodness. We’d love to put you on the 2023 map; just use our event form and let the world know how you’ll mark this auspicious occasion.

Button to add an event

… or create something that’s not an event.

  • The goal is to play your trombone, share it with others, and have some fun.
  • Play for an important cause. Here’s Adrian Taylor playing Ukraine’s National Anthem. 🇺🇦
  • If you don’t know how to play the trombone yet, now is the perfect time to start learning. (Or, set your headphones to play trombone music and dance.)
  • You might create a recording like these fine musicians did:

Feed your ears.

Photo of Ryan Keberle
logo for Slide into Spring 2020
Photo of Wycliffe Gordon

Grab something good to play.

Here are some excellent options for ITW:

Carpe Slidem! Here are some ideas to help.

  • Give your trombone and mouthpiece a good cleaning.
  • Share your painting or drawing of a trombone.
  • Have an impromptu garage concert for your neighborhood while practicing safe social-distancing.
  • If you can, go outside and be still. Meditate on trombone goodness.
  • Practice a new scale, warm-up, or exercise each day during ITW. We like to play a mode-a-day during ITW: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian.
  • Play a thought in all the keys.
  • Learn about a creative collaboration with Sarah Jo on Classic 107. She interviews guests Joel Green and Kenley Kristofferson who debuted a new work during ITW. Kristofferson’s piece was part of Winnipeg’s ITW celebration with more than 40 trombonists performing.
  • Watch Trent Hamilton’s Introduction to the Trombone Family.
  • Watch Super Bone’s ITW20 interview with Eric Budd, a multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne, Australia.
  • Visit your well-worn copy of Arban’s Famous Method for Trombone.
  • Call a grandmother and play her a jazz standard, like Blue Skies.
  • Share your recital video.
  • Send a front line healthcare hero a Happy Birthday message.
  • Learn to use music notation software and arrange something for a trombone friend.
  • Begin and end each day with a very looooong long tone.
  • Read this article about alternate positions in bebop by Tony Garcia.
  • Record an excerpt using a multi-track video app. Our friend Roger Cutts created a legendary collection of Opera Excerpts!
  • Soak up some rich trombone history with Will Kimball.
  • Do a trombone dance-of-joy through your neighborhood.
  • Listen to this beautiful NPR TinyDesk Concert with Ryan Keberle and Catharsis.
  • Write a poem about your faithful trombone stand.
  • Post a favorite trombone-related quotation.
  • Take a moody photo of your plunger mute.

Kick things off right with Sandra Boynton!