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Loyola hosts 34th annual International Trombone Festival

Loyola press release - May 17, 2005

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music hosts the 34th annual International Trombone Festival on May 25 - 28, 2005.

Daytime events: College of Music, Loyola University
Evening Concerts: Dixon Hall, Tulane University

The International Trombone Festival is the world's largest festival for trombone players and enthusiasts regularly attracting over one thousand (1000) delegates, performers and exhibitors from around the world. Previous locations have included Austria, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In its 34th year, the International Trombone Festival is delighted to come to the birthplace of jazz - New Orleans. Continuing the theme of recent festivals, the ITF will feature an eclectic mix of trombonists in various styles and genres that befits one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Naturally, there is a strong emphasis on jazz throughout the four days, and a slightly easier tempo so that participants can find time to enjoy the surroundings and excitement of the Big Easy. We'll also look at the cross-over between jazz/classical and a selection of special rep sessions and jazz clinics will give everyone opportunity to try things out for themselves!

Special mention of two exciting groups making their ITF debuts: Bonerama (May 25, 7pm), the New-Orleans funk/rock trombone band, and Kenny Carr and the Tigers (May 26, 7pm), a traditional shout band from North Carolina. The New Trombone Collective, a professional trombone ensemble of Holland's finest classical players perform with British jazz soloist Mark Nightingale on Friday, May 27th.

We're always delighted to welcome back some living legends of the trombone scene including Joe Alessi (Principal Trombone, NY Philharmonic) and Steve Turre (International Jazz Soloist) as well as featuring the very best in local trombone talent such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Troy Andrews, Fred Lonzo, Lucien Barbarin, Big Sam Williams, Corey Henry, Eddie Boh Paris, Stephen Walker, Terence Taplin and Greg Hicks.

Finally, don't miss the big Mardi Gras-style parade on Friday afternoon (4:15pm, Fri May 27) when Harry Watters and the New Orleans All-Stars lead our very own Second Line Parade of several hundred trombone players through Audubon Park!

The evening concerts at Dixon Hall on Tulane's campus are open to the public. Costs are $15 general admission and $10 for students/retired. Tickets will be available on the door for these events. All daytime events are at Loyola and registration to the conference gets you into all events. There is a reduced registration rate for non-trombonists.

Full details of all the events are available online at http://www.itf2005.org