A trombone contest for everyone

Disrupting how music contests work!

Due to the Covid-19 crisis trombone festivals and trombone competitions all over the world get cancelled. This situation leaves young trombonists without a goal to practice for. But it can also be a chance to try new concepts and challenge the old standards.

Until today, participating in a trombone contest was an expensive and time consuming endeavour. Young musicians often don’t have the funds to pay contest fees or travel expenses to travel around the world. That means, trombone contests are – in a lot of cases – limited to a fragment of potentially talented players.

Add to that the relatively small audience a contest reaches and you are investing in an event that ignores a large part of trombone players.

Together we can transform a trombone contest into a social media happening and reach thousands of trombone players all over the world!


Trombonists are going to compete in 4 categories + 1 special price based on Social media Likes.

All players perform one set piece and one free piece.

Audience pick

A special prize to encourage competitors and audience to participate in the social media happening. The players will share their videos on Social media in order to get likes for their performance. Audience will be encouraged to watch more videos and to vote for their favorite player.

This guarantees brand visibility through user generated content!

How does it work?


  • Participants register through an online form
  • They publish their recording on Youtube using the hashtag #tbonecontest
  • The jury picks the winners and announces them on social media
  • One special price for the participant with the most Social Media likes

What can I expect?

Brand awareness

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Get in front of thousands of trombonists. Not only the participants, but all their friends and followers on social media. We are concentrating on young trombonists, so you are targetting potential future customers.

Show that you are caring

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You are caring for the community of trombone players. This contest helps you to show it! We aim not only for the few trombonists who can afford travelling and paying fees, but also for the less lucky, hard working music students who are maybe just as talented. They could never afford participating in a traditional competition, but online they can showcase their skills and connect with the community.

Showcase your artists

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What better way to showcase your artists then getting them in the jury? Get them in front of an international audience and position them as authorities in trombone playing.

Show you’re innovative

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Show your audience you’re supporting innovative ideas and aren’t afraid to step new paths!

Meet the team

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Michael Massong

Artistic Director

Trombonist Michael Massong was educated at the Royal College of Music in London, where his teachers included John Iveson of the Covent Garden Royal Opera House and Christopher Mowat of the BBC Symphony. His further teachers were the legendary brass teacher Arnold Jacobs, Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony, Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, and the Swedish trombone soloist Christian Linberg. As a soloist and teacher in master classes, Michael Massong regularly performs in Germany, Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Malaysia, Spain, Slovenia, Russia and the United States.

His performances at brass festivals around the world have included recitals at the International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas in Austin in 2009 and at the Columbus State University in 2013, SliderAsia Festival 2015 in Hong Kong.

Daniel Alessi


Daniel Alessi is the owner of swisstbone.com and the initiator for the online trombone competition.

He lives in Switzerland and is passionated for all around trombones. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot him an email at daniel@swisstbone.com.

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So far the following brands have accepted to support us through sponsoring.

Marcus Bonna

Your instruments deserve to be protected by the best cases available. Marcus Bonna HAS to be your choice! Classy looking, really protective and incredibly durable.

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In perfect craftmanship and with absolute precision Thein creates instruments with inspiration.

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S.E. Shires

Recognized as a leader in brass instrument design, innovation and manufacture, Shires maintains the commitment to every player who chooses Shires-to build an instrument that not only looks and sounds exactly the way you want it to, but is mechanically perfect, built to last for many years and beautiful to look at as well.

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Greg Black Mouthpieces

Greg Black has one mission in mind: Become the finest maker of brass mouthpieces in the world. Continuing in the tradition of the classic NewYork City Mouthpiece makers, Greg Black Mouthpieces continues to produce the finest custom made brass mouthpieces around.

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Alessi Music Studios

The ultimate one-stop source for advanced training in trombone performance and the preparation of orchestral music. www.alessimusicstudios.com

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Willie’s Custom Brass

Willie’s Custom Brass is one of the finest brass mouthpiece makers and can offer more than 400 different mouthpiece models for trombone!

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Tom Crown

Tom Crown is considered one of the finest mute craftsmen around today. The products he has developed are top professional level and extremely well manufactured. They produce a unique, lovely sound and still allow the power necessary in large ensembles. Once you try these you will see why they are the professional choice.

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Toby Oft

Want to study with Toby Oft but don’t live near Boston? THE ONLINE BRASS INSTITUTE or “TOBI” is the perfect solution for you. TOBI has several levels of online learning built on an interactive cornerstone of weekly livestream masterclasses.

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Hip-Bone Music

Hip-Bone Music is the preeminent publisher and producer of high quality books, recordings, compositions, Hip-Bone U video lessons and bone2pick interviews for trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, trombone ensembles, brass quintets and big bands.

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AR Resonance

With his mouthpieces in different materials and alloys as well as with incredibly beautiful engravings Antonio Rapacciuolo is maybe one of the most creative mouthpiece makers of our time.

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Josef Klier

The JK Josef Klier KG is crafting superb mouthpieces since more than 100 years.

In addition to the traditional production methods the most modern CNC-technology is used to produce mouthpieces.

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§ Purer overtones
§ Accurate tuning
§ Clear response
§ Smooth intervals
§ Surround projection
§ Extended dynamics

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Jim Nova

Jim Nova plays with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has become famous in the trombone community for his incredible Star Wars Overdubs.

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Sight Reading Factory

Sight Reading Factory offers a virtually unlimited supply of sight reading material for musicians of all ages and abilities.

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Get Fluent with your audition sequences in all ranges and keys!

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Choose style and function when you use My Mutebag for your trumpet, trombone, or bass trombone mutes.

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Nick Finzer

Engage with Nick’s teaching material and his concepts at your own pace through your membership in Nick’s Virtual Studio!

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Fusion Bags

Brass gig bags from Fusion Bags will protect your trombone in ways you’ve never seen before. If you want a bag for your brass instrument which doesn’t compromise on style or safety, choose Fusion Bags today.

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Dreaming of playing along with virtuosos? NomadPlay gives you the chance to play in full immersion along with great artists, orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles.

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Founded by Bernhard Schott in Mainz in 1770, the Schott Music group today ranks among the leading music and media publishers in the world with branches in major international markets in 10 countries. Since then, the company has added a wide range of products and services covering all aspects of music to the traditional music publishing business.

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Cherry Classics Music was established as a publisher of fine music for Brass Instruments in 1999. Presently there are over 1,150 fine arrangements and original compositions for Brass Solo and Brass Ensembles in the catalog from arrangers and composers who are “The Best in the Business”.

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