In 1989, the British Trombone Society was the first organisation outside the USA to play host to the International Trombone Festival and this year the ITF returns to the United Kingdom for the 35th International Trombone Festival. This year's host is the Birmingham Conservatoire and both the British Trombone Society and the International Trombone Association are grateful to Professor George Caird (Principal) and David Purser (Head of Brass) for making available the wonderful facilities. The event starts on Thursday 20th July and lasts until Sunday 23rd July and includes concerts, competitions, clinics and an attempt at a Guiness World Record for the largest trombone ensemble. Artists taking part include Brett Baker, Ian Bousfield, Ben van Dijk, Byron Fulcher, Wycliffe Gordon, Katy Price, Jacques Mauger, Christian Jones, Mark Nightingale and Jiggs Whigham. Ensembles participating include Black Dyke Band trombone section, Bones Apart, Brazilian Trombone Ensemble, BBC Big Band, Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, RAF Central Band and the CBSO. Exhibitors include Rath, Greenhoe, Edwards, Thien, Shires, Phil Parkers and World of Brass. Further information can be found by visiting the International Trombone Festival website.