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International Trombone Week

Our 20th Anniversary was April 16-23, 2023.

That’s a wrap! Thank you for celebrating the trombone with us this year. Our community of artists, organizers, and resource builders created amazing opportunities and welcoming spaces for all. We enjoyed live-streams, multi-day workshops, student recitals, world premieres, jazz radio features, video compilations, warm-ups for the universe, and much more.

There’s still time to let us know how you celebrated… you might appear on the infamous ITW map below.

Mark your calendar: Next year’s dates are April 7-14, 2024… and we’ll celebrate every day in April, of course. ;-D

International Trombone Week (ITW) is always a perfect time to play your trombone, share it with others online or in-person, and have fun. Everyone is welcome!

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Thank you to Sandra Boynton (!) who gets us in the mood for fun every year.

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

Do you need inspiration?

  • 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.
  • 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 on a recording.
  • Play a thought in all the keys.
  • Give your trombone and mouthpiece a spring cleaning with Aaron Eckert’s helpful guidance.
  • Share a drawing, painting, or photo of your trombone.
  • 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.
  • Call someone special and play a jazz standard “just because”.
  • 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.

Carpe Slidem!

Photo of Alex Iles

On April 16, 2023, Alex Iles kicked off ITW’s 20th anniversary with an 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