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International Trombone Week

How will you celebrate this April?

This year, International Trombone Week is officially April 7-14, 2024—and every other day in April and its surrounding weeks count, too!

So… start your engines. ITW welcomes performers, artists, organizers, and builders. It’s included live-streams, workshops, garage concerts, student recitals, concert hall world premieres, jazz radio features, video compilations, long tone warm-ups for the universe, and more. Jump in and honor the beautiful voice of the trombone.

Please let us know how you’ll celebrate this April and you might appear on the ITW map; you can explore last year’s map below.

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Thank you to the incomparable Sandra Boynton, humorist, songwriter, director, music producer, children’s author, illustrator—and friend of the trombone—who gets us in the mood for fun every year.

ITW is the perfect time to play your trombone, share it with others online or in-person, and have fun. Everyone is welcome!

Are you creating an event or resource?

  • Would you like to use the ITW logo for your program or materials? When you submit information about your event/resource, please request it.

Would you like some sheet music? We have some—and it’s free, thanks to generous people.

Do you need inspiration?

  • Call someone special and play a jazz standard “just because”.
  • Practice a new scale, warm-up, or exercise every day during ITW. We like to play in a different mode-a-day: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian.
  • Collaborate with a friend on a recording that stretches you a bit.
  • Play a thought in all the keys.
  • Give your trombone and mouthpiece a thorough spring cleaning with Aaron Eckert’s helpful guidance.
  • Share a drawing, painting, or photo of your trombone.
  • Host an impromptu garage concert for your neighborhood.
  • Go outside and be still for a while while meditating on trombone goodness.
  • Send happy birthday greetings via a phone call or via a video.
  • Sit with Sarah Jo on Classic 107 and learn about a collaboration in Winnipeg. More than 40 trombonists debuted Kristofferson’s piece during ITW.
  • Steep in Trent Hamilton’s Introduction to the Trombone Family.
  • Watch Super Bone’s interview with Eric Budd, a multi-instrumentalist from Australia.
  • Re-visit your well-worn copy of Arban’s Famous Method for Trombone.
  • Share your recital video.
  • Learn to use music notation software and arrange something for a trombone-playing friend.
  • Begin and end each day with a very looooong long tone.
  • Soak up some rich trombone history with Will Kimball.
  • Do a trombone dance-of-joy through Main Street.
  • Listen to this beautiful NPR TinyDesk Concert with Ryan Keberle and Catharsis.
  • Write a poem about your faithful trombone stand.
  • Tell your headphones to play trombone music.
  • Bask in the glory of Opera Excerpts with the epic collection created by Roger Cutts.
  • Explore the free educational resources shared by Ryan Keberle and Wycliffe Gordon.
  • Watch Christian Lindberg’s “Chick’a’Bone Checkout” with Charlie Vernon and Columbus State University.
  • Enjoy Hex Files by James Kazik performed by The Stephen F. Austin State University Trombone Octet conducted by Deb Scott.
  • Post a favorite trombone-related quotation.
  • Share a moody photo of your plunger mute.
  • Write a trombone poem or haiku.
  • other ideas?

Carpe Slidem!

Photo of Alex Iles

Thank you, Alex Iles! Last year (April 16, 2023), Alex kicked off ITW’s 20th anniversary with an inclusive online warm-up. Participants received a copy of Alex’s routine and helped him shake up the universe with a resonant group B-flat.

Poster from British Trombone Society ITW 2023 Video Project