The Don Lusher Trombone Competition 2018

Competition Cancelled

The British Trombone Society is proud to remember one of the world’s great trombonists with this exciting competition, with kind support of Diana Lusher, which gives young players the opportunity to display their melodic, ballad style of playing. Don was renowned worldwide for his mastery of this genre of playing.


  • Dark Eyes
  • A piece of your own choice (not exceeding 10 minutes performance time)

Click here to download a copy of the application form, rules and the solo part to "Dark Eyes." The piano accompaniment will be emailed on receipt of your entrance fee.

The Prize

The Don Lusher Trophy awarded by Diana Lusher and a guest performance appearance with the Black Dyke Band (at a mutually convenient concert).

Black Dyke logo

Entry Details

Candidates must be 23 or under on 15 September 2018 to be eligible to participate in the competition.

Candidates must submit an unedited performance on MP3 or CD no later than 14 July 2018.

Unmarked audio files must be emailed or posted to arrive with the BTS Secretary, Alison Keep, (D'Arcy Gate, Kelvedon Road, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, CM9 8EL or with a separate note of your name, date of birth, and a very brief biography.

In order to maintain impartiality, audio files must not include the name(s) of the performer(s) or any other identifying items.

The competition judges will be eminent professional trombonists.

Three finalists will be invited to play the same programme at the final competition; therefore, candidates must be free to perform at The University of Salford (Peel Hall), The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WU on the day of the final round, Saturday 15 September 2018.

A piano accompanist will be available at the final, to take place during the BTS North West Trombone Day, or you may bring your own.

Overseas candidates must make sure that the appropriate visas have been obtained before the date of the final.

The judges’ decision will be final and binding. The recordings will remain the property of the BTS.

Entrance Fees:
Entrance fee for BTS members: £10.00 and for non-members: £30.00. Fees may be paid via member’s GoCardless Direct Debit account, PayPal to “," Credit or Debit card. Please quote Reference 3/DLTC2018 with your payment.

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