Coming Back Once It’s Safe . . .


Reinventing Excellence in the Time of Covid

Tromblow'in Academy coming back in 2022 or 2023

Let’s face it: COVID-19 has befuddled and frustrated us musicians now for almost two full years.  And just when we thought we’d be clear to come back and go full force, the omicron variant descended upon us. This has caused us to make the unfortunate decision to postpone the February 2022 Tromblow’in Academy event indefinitely. In a word, we simply don’t want to be creating a “super-spreader” event during this time of increasing covid omicron positivity rate. Rest assured, as soon as we have a safe date to reschedule, we will! Thanks for your understanding and keep playing!


A Day of “Everything Trombone” — Date to be Rescheduled

(All Workshop events are held in JMU’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts room 1115, the JMU School of Music Building and Forbes Center Concert Hall)


  • 8:30 a.m. Registration and Sales Tables Open 
  • 9:30 a.m. Group Warmups —45 minutes
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Jazz Improv Session conducted by Tom McKenzie and guest faculty, some student playing
  • 11:30 a.m. BREAK FOR LUNCH* (included) – walk to School of Music
  • 12:00 – 12:45  Renaissance Trombone Playing workshop – Dr. Mike Hall with select students. (Afterwards walk back to Forbes 1115.)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Salsa Trombone Playing – lecture and live demonstration Dr. Andy Lankford, rhythm section + MJB
  • 2:00– 3:00 p.m. Mass Trombone Choir (all attendees playing/sight reading)
  • 3:00 – 3:10 p.m. Move upstairs to Concert Hall
  • 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Concert Free and open to the public
    • JMU Trombone Choir, directed by Dr. Andy Lankford
    • Mr. Jefferson’s Bones with Dr. Jeff Cortazzo, bass trombone soloist
    • All-Faculty Trombone Choir

A World-Class Venue

Experience JMU’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts as a student and a performer! You’ll spend the day in the largest rehearsal hall on the main floor of the Forbes Center, room 1115. Then we move upstairs to the state-of-the-art Forbes Concert Hall, where (and your friends and family) will have great seats for the featured performances. Then you’ll take the stage as we finish the Grand Concert with our 80+ member Mass Trombone Choir.

202 with Carol Jarvis: Another Successful Workshop!

We enjoyed our largest Tromblow’in on Saturday, January 18 at JMU and despite fighting a cold that left her literally “speechless”, CAROL JARVIS wowed the attendees with her drive, passion, musicality and vision. Thanks to our wonderful faculty for 2020 including Virginia Tech’s Dr. Jay Crone, The VCU Trombone Choir & Friends under the direction of Dr. Ross Walter, Dr. Antonio Garcia for “cutting the changes” with an engaging jazz improv workshop, and the JMU Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Andrew Lankford. Special thanks to Shen-Valley Band Instruments, Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments, Michael Rath Trombones, The JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Music, and the JMU Forbes Center and it’s world-class technical and production staff. Please enjoy a few of the many fine images captured by award-winning concert photographer, Bob Adamek.

[All images ©2020 Bob Adamek for Mr. Jefferson’s Bones, all rights reserved.]

"What an incredible festival!" - Carol Jarvis, international trombonist & recoding artist
Natalie Massing of the American Cancer Society welcomes warrior/survivor Carol Jarvis to Harrisonburg, VA.

Photos from Previous Tromblow’in Workshops

JMU’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

All events for Tromblow’in are bring held at JMU’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. For specific driving directions, please click on the green-color “Forbes Center” marker in the map below. The street address for the Forbes Center is 147 Warsaw Ave. or 871 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Parking in the Warsaw Parking Deck is free, and on Saturdays you can park in any spaces (including staff/faculty) with no special permits required.

A Tradition of Excellence

Since 2008, Tromblow’in has attracted a world-class faculty of professional trombonists.