Trombone Day

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Timashev Family Music Building

We invite high school and college trombonists — as well as professionals and adult hobbyists/non-students — to join us for an exciting day of participation in performances, masterclasses, and collaboration with the Ohio State Trombone studio, faculty, and guest artist Jack Grimm, newly-appointed principal trombonist of the Columbus Symphony. 

Participants will perform in concert with Grimm and The Ohio State Trombone Choir under the direction of Dr. Shafer, attend masterclasses and recitals led by faculty and guests, and experience the opportunity to connect with other trombonists from across the region. We hope to see you there!

Tentative Schedule

9:30 a.m. — Check-in at the Timashev Family Music Building
1011 a.m. — Jack Grimm recital (principal trombone, Columbus Symphony)
11:1512:15 — Jack Grimm master class with:

  • Ohio State student volunteers
  • High school and college players — selected from submitted video recordings (instructions below)

12:151:15 — Lunch 
1:302:30 — Chamber music readings 
2:453:45 — Dr. Shafer master class (opens with short performance)
45 p.m. — Joint Trombone Choir rehearsal
5:30 p.m. — Finale concert. Open to the public.

All events are subject to change.

Elisabeth Shafer

Program director 
Elisabeth Shafer

ELIGIBILITY — For students currently in grades 9–12, college students and adult trombonists. 

FEES  — $15, includes pizza lunch

Steps to Register and Prepare for Trombone Day

STEP 1 — Register and pay. 

Deadline: SUNDAY, MARCH 24

You will be required to make payment via credit card at the time of registration. Shortly after submitting payment, you will receive an email confirming the transaction. 

High School Student Registration and Payment for Trombone Day

College Student/Adult Registration and Payment for Trombone Day

NOTE — The registration/payment forms work best on a computer (PC or Mac).
MAC USERS — use Chrome, not Safari.

STEP 2 — Permission forms for minors

Three to five days after you register and pay, parents/guardians and participants will receive permission forms via DocuSign shortly after registration is complete. All forms must be returned by the DocuSign deadline in order to participate.

STEP 3 — Submit a video if you would like to be considered for the master class.

Before Sunday, March 24, participants who are interested in playing in the master class should submit a 1 to 5 minute video. You can do this with your smartphone. 

Performers who are selected will be informed by MARCH 26. 

Please play the following:

  1. A major scale of your choice
  2. A musical selection that you will perform in the master class (this could be a solo piece, an etude, or band music)

Create and submit your video:

  • Step 1— Record your video
  • Step 2— Upload your audition to YouTube as an UNLISTED VIDEO 
  • Step 3— Send an email with the link to your UNLISTED VIDEO on YouTube to Professor Elisabeth Shafer at
  • Be sure to include your full name in your email so that we can match it with your registration submission.

Need help? These instructional videos can help with this process:

STEP 4: Prepare your music for Trombone Day

Download the following music. Print or have it available to view on a tablet device, and bring it with you for the event.

Which part? The parts are fairly equal, so let's have some fun with it. If your birthday is in:

  • January–March, prepare Part 1.
  • April–June, Part 2.
  • July–September, Part 3.
  • October–December, Part 4.
  • If any part seems too difficult, take on the one that is most comfortable. Don't be afraid to stretch a bit. Enjoy it!

"Suite from the Danserye" (Susato/Henry)

Meet our Guest Artist

Jack Grimm

Guest artist Jack Grimm is originally from Northern Virginia, where he attended George C. Marshall High School, and studied with musicians from the Delaware and National Symphonies, the Kennedy Center Opera House, and the Washington DC military bands. In high school Grimm was involved in a wide variety of music, playing in big bands, brass bands, marching band, wind ensemble and orchestras.  

He subsequently attended Northwestern University where he majored in trombone performance, studying with Michael Mulcahy, Doug Wright, Tim Higgins, Randy Hawes and Christopher Davis. At Northwestern, Grimm continued to play diverse styles of music, playing lead trombone in the big band, and performing in the pit for many musicals on trombone, bass trombone and tuba, in addition to his classical studies. Following his junior year, Grimm spent the summer playing lead trombone in the 2019 Disney All-American College Band, performing in Disneyland, and working with world class clinicians in the Los Angeles studio music scene. Following his undergraduate studies, Grimm spent a year in New York City performing with regional orchestras, and studying with Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic at The Manhattan School of Music. In summer 2023, Grimm was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, performing on trombone and bass trumpet with the Aspen Festival Orchestra.

Questions? Email Professor Shafer at