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!
Are you creating an ITW 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.
Do you need sheet music? We have some—and it’s free, thanks to generous people.
- Fanfare for the World was composed in 2023 to celebrate two anniversaries: ITA’s 50th and ITW’s 20th. You can download and play it.
- Thank you to everyone who submitted a video—and The British Trombone Society for the epic International Trombone Week 2023 Video Project.
- Exercises from Will Baker
- Bordogni/Rochut Project from Toby Oft
- Trios by David Caldwell and Colby Norton
- Quartets by Nick Adams, Spencer Schaffer, and Patrick Cooper Sullivan
- Ukraine’s beautiful national anthem 🇺🇦 arranged by Christopher Bill
- Octets. Seven legendary BoneWeek Fanfares composed by Brad Edwards
- BandMusic PDF Library and IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)
- Note: You do not need to know how to read music to participate in ITW.
- Another note: If you don’t know how to play the trombone yet, now is a perfect time to begin.
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.
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.