Chris Van Hof

Trombonist-Educator-Music Arranger

Jim Beckel, composer and trombonist

Jim Beckel, composer and trombonist

Announcing a new work for 12 trombones by pulitzer prize-nominated composer James beckel

I am thrilled to share that as Host of the 2019 International Trombone Festival, I am leading a commission consortium leading to a new 6-8-minute long work for trombone choir by the brilliant composer and trombonist, Jim Beckel. Jim was the long-time principal trombonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Composition for his horn concerto “The Glass Bead Game,” and he also composed a brilliant concerto for trombone. The cost will be immensely reasonable, and will of course include a full set of parts and a score. The Ball State University Cardinal Trombone Choir will premiere the work during the Opening Ceremonies of ITF2019 in BSU’s Sursa Performance Hall in Muncie, Indiana.

If you are interested, please take two minutes to


Payment is not required immediately, but the form does confirm your commitment to the project. You may hear the band version of “The Glass Bead Game” below.