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Interested in attending the International Trombone Festival?

The ITF is open to all!  We welcome students, teachers, hobbyists, enthusiasts, artists, industry specialists, and anyone else interested celebrating all-things trombone.  Each day of the Festival program features a packed schedule of events, including warm-up sessions, master classes, rehearsals, recitals, lectures, concerts, and competition finals, all happening alongside our world-class exhibit hall.

Ready to dive into an all-trombone, all-day immersive event?  ITF registration will open in January 2021.  Attendees can choose from single-day or full-event passes, both of which include access to all events and venues.  Just looking to attend a few concerts?  Single-event tickets will be available both online and on site.  For evening concerts, we recommend arriving early – seats fill fast!

Cramer

The Cramer Choir rehearses at the 2018 ITF in Iowa City, Iowa, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Palmer, Professor of Trombone at Columbus State University, and 2021 Festival Host.

Special Programming

The ITF Youth Workshop offers students ages 12-17 a structured, chaperoned experience, while giving them the opportunity to be a part of the biggest trombone event in the world.  Students attend select Festival events as a group, and benefit from exclusive master classes throughout the week, all geared toward the developing trombonist.  The Youth Workshop is also a performance program – students are placed in ensembles, and rehearse with top teachers from around the world.  Don’t be surprised if a few of our ITF Artists pop on on the concert!  Youth Workshop students learn from the masters, while making musical connections and friendships to last a lifetime.

A premiere event for new music, the ITF Composers Workshop features an adjudicated program of trombone music from emerging composers, performed by ITF Presenters and Artists.  Composers-in-residence also spend the week in exclusive master classes with a guest artist, and benefit from conducting rehearsals of their music.  Workshop concerts are a premiere event at the ITF, and give the broader trombone community the opportunity to hear brand new repertoire for the instrument.

Composers Workshop

A performance from the 2018 Composers Workshop, in Iowa City, Iowa

The International Trombone Association also hosts Competition Finals at the ITF.  These are open performances, taking place throughout the Festival-week, and give all Festival attendees the opportunity to hear future starts in the field, battling it out in a wide range of music styles, from solo literature, to orchestral excerpts and Jazz.

Planning to bring your trombone and looking to play?  All attendees have the opportunity to opt-in for our Participant Trombone Choirs, which rehearse throughout the Festival week, and perform a mainstage concert on Saturday afternoon.  This program runs hand-in-hand with our Group Warm-ups, which are open to all attendees, and feature different artists each day!

And if all that weren’t enough, in 2020, we started a new tradition!  Scattered about the Festival grounds will be Quartet Social Zones – music stands and quartet folders, ready and waiting for trombone players to gather and make music!  Grab a few friends, find a QSZ, and starting making music!  This is a great way to meet new people, hone your sight reading skills, and have fun!

What to expect at the ITF

The Festival program runs from Wednesday morning through Saturday night.  You can attend a little, or a lot!  Some people arrive Tuesday night, and stay until the finale concert on Saturday night, while others pop-in for just a day or two.  Either way, we highly recommend registering in advance!  For the first day, lines will be long, and those who register online can jump to the front!

When you arrive, you will receive a badge and an event schedule.  The event schedule will also be posted online in early 2021, so you can start planning your ITF experience then!  If you have opt-ed in for Participant Choirs or other performing/event programs, you will also pickup your rehearsal schedule at registration.  From there, you can attend any event of your choosing, browse in the Exhibit Hall, or simply catch up with friends!  Events will start every half-hour, from around 9am onward, so there will be no shortage of things to do!

During the day, a trombone check will be open, so that you won’t have to carry your instrument with you everywhere you go.

Begoche

Dr. David Begnoche, Professor of Trombone at Texas Christian University, leads a group warmup at the 2018 ITF in Iowa City, Iowa.

Travel and Housing

Columbus State dorms (with meal plans) will be available for attendees at a special rate.  The ITF will also negotiate special rates with a nearby hotel.  More information will be posted, as is it finalized.

The closest major airport to Columbus State is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located approximately 90 miles away (1.5 hour drive).  Ground transportation is available through Groome Transportation.  At the time of this writing, a one-way shuttle trip from ATL to Columbus was listed as $41.00 USD.  Note: Youth Workshop attendees will be transported by the ITF in a chaperoned shuttle, the cost of which is included in Festival registration.

See you in Columbus!