National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition

Sponsored by ATW and the Capitol Bones


Ensembles should be no more then 8 Trombones and a 4 member rhythm section. The winner will perform during the 2018 American Trombone Workshop on Thursday, March 8 at 6:00pm.


Submissions should contain at least 3 contrasting styles with at least one swing 8th selection. Original compositions and arrangements of standards encouraged.

In addition to gaining valuable experience in preparing for a national competition, those selected will be given the opportunity to perform a full recital for the ATW audience. Recordings must be RECEIVED by December 15, 2017 (this is NOT a postmark deadline). Please remember that your submission will be received along with many others. Therefore, it is very important that you clearly and accurately mark your submission with the following information:

  • Name
  • Pieces
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

Mail recording(s) to:
American Trombone Workshop
National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition
Att: SFC Victor Barranco
400 McNair Road
Fort Myer, VA 22211

Email recording no later then December 15, 2017 to:

Recordings will not be returned to the applicants. Winners are responsible for all transportation and lodging expenses. If you have any questions contact SSG Victor Barranco


Live performance recordings and CD projects are acceptable. Materials will be forwarded to adjudicators on December 15, 2017, so a postal carrier should be consulted to ensure that your application packet is delivered before that time. NOTE: Tracking number services through postal carriers are highly recommended. Media mail service is NOT recommended. Recordings will not be returned to the applicants; therefore, be sure to keep track of the masters (do not send master recordings, only a high quality copy on CD). The winner will be notified by email or phone by January 1, 2018. Selected participants are responsible for all transportation, meal and lodging expenses to and from ATW.


Thursday, March 8 — 5:30pm soundcheck followed by 6:00pm performance.


  • Receipt of materials past delivery deadline (see above).
  • Instructions regarding the labeling of CD and CD container not followed (see above).