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First Annual Jazz Trombone Day

Saturday October 26th, 2019

Presented by
BAC Music Center of Kansas City

The event serves to inspire through great guest artist and student performances, educate our students and the community through clinics, promote the instrument through the development of young trombone artists via the competition, and collaborate with great companies that share our passion for jazz and jazz education.


The University of North Texas and BAC Instruments are excited to announce the first annual BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day and Competition, to be held on UNT’s Denton campus on Saturday October 26, 2019. This event is poised to take center stage as one of the premier jazz trombone competitions worldwide. The competition is open to all trombonists ages 30 and under (as of the submission deadline). Finalists will receive travel and accommodations to compete in the final round of the competition during the BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day. The winner will receive recognition via our social media, a BAC Custom Jazz Trombone, a cash prize, and a scholarship to attend the University of North Texas (toward a degree with Jazz Trombone concentration at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level).


The BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day is open to the public, but does require a pre-registration via the official website. The event will include masterclasses by featured guest artist and recently-appointed Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone Nick Finzer, UNT's Professor Tony Baker, and UNT graduate students. Attendees will hear from our presenting sponsor BAC Instruments during the course of the day and have the opportunity to learn more about their products. The event will conclude with a concert featuring Nick Finzer along with the Three O’Clock Lab Band, as well as the awards ceremony for the BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Competition.

Opening Concert

University of North Texas U-Tubes

2019 American Trombone Workshop Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition Winners

The U-Tubes are a 12-piece trombone ensemble, accompanied by: guitar | piano | bass | drums
featuring student arrangements and original compositions in both jazz and classical genres

2019 Guest Artist

Nick Finzer

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone
University of North Texas
College of Music


UNT International Jazz Trombone Competition

2019 is the inaugural year of the UNT International Jazz Trombone Competition.

Open to jazz trombonists ages 30 and younger, this competition aims to bring the top young artists in the world together to share musical ideas and to inspire other young trombonists to pursue their craft at the highest levels.

Competition Details

Eligibility: The BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Competition is open to any trombonist age 30 and under (as of the submission deadline) who does NOT currently have a recording contract with any record label.

Submission Deadline is 11:59PM September 14th, 2019.

Prizes: Three finalists will be chosen to come to the BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day on October 26, 2019 to compete in the live round of the competition. Finalists will receive airfare expenses up to $500, two nights of hotel accommodations, and registration to the BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Day 2019.

The Winner of the BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Competition will receive:

  • Custom BAC Jazz Trombone
  • Cash Prize
  • Scholarship to attend UNT (toward a degree with Jazz Trombone concentration at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level)

BAC Instruments/UNT Jazz Trombone Competition Repertoire Requirements:

Using the official submission form, entrants must provide proof of age and links to three recordings.

Entrants should submit three contrasting pieces by submitting one piece in each of the following categories:

  • Medium Swing
  • Ballad OR Medium Straight Eighth Note (Bossa/etc)
  • Uptempo Swing

Entrants are encouraged to submit repertoire that demonstrates the following:

  • Facility in multiple styles and approaches
  • Proficiency at navigating harmonic progressions
  • Sound and musical identity (original compositions are welcomed)

The total duration of the three combined selections must not exceed 10 minutes. Recordings may be faded in and out as necessary to highlight the soloist. Recordings must not be commercially released. Submission procedures:

All submissions will be accepted via clicking this Official Entry Form.


Clinics and Workshops

Guest Artist
Clinic and Q/A

Nick Finzer will discuss the essential elements of trombone playing in a jazz context, as well as focusing on ideas around artistry and creativity!

How to Ace your TMEA Auditions!
..and more!

Panel Discussion
UNT Faculty & Guest Artist

A round table discussion and Q&A session where UNT Faculty and the Guest Artist will discuss pertinent issues facing jazz trombonists, college careers, and more