The winners of the International Trombone Association Awards for 2020 have been announced and our own Brett Baker is listed.
Two awards are voted for by the ITA Executive, Past Presidents and the board of Advisors
The ITA Award recognising the highest creative and artistic output went to the Japanese performer Kanda Magumi who plays principal trombone with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Whilst the Neill Humfeld Award for excellence in trombone teaching and ability to inspire and motivate went to Bart van Lier from the Netherlands.
The President’s Award given to organisations and performers by the serving President which at the moment is Ben van Dijk, went to a past BTS President, who has served on an ITA committee for 15 years, five as ITA secretary, a trombone professor at the University of Salford, commissioner of over 100 solos including many concertos for trombone and brass or wind band, and principal trombone of Black Dyke Band for over 20 years, Dr Brett Baker.
A relatively new award the Ken Hanlon Award went to Dr Karl Hinterbichler from the University of North Texas is recognized as one of the leading low brass pedagogues in the USA and assistant journal editor of the ITA magazine.
The lifetime achievement award for 2020 went to American trombone player, songwriter and brass instrument player, James Carter (Jimmy) Pankow best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago.
The legacy award winners for 2020 were 2020 were Russian teacher Viktor Sumerkin and German Academic Heinz Fadle.