Announcing The Ryan Anthony Memorial Trumpet Competition

The International Trumpet Guild is proud to announce the renaming of the annual ITG Conference Competitions as “The Ryan Anthony Memorial Trumpet Competition.”

Through the generosity of the Dobson Family of Corpus Christi, Texas, and the cooperation of Niki Anthony and CancerBlows and The Ryan Anthony Foundation, ITG is not only naming the competition in Ryan’s honor, but also increasing the stature of the competition with a greatly expanded prize structure in every category, including travel support to the conference for finalists. The winners, when possible, may also be invited to participate in a CancerBlows event.

Ryan Anthony had a multi-faceted, illustrious career as a trumpeter, which included time with the Canadian Brass and as principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In every musical setting, including important musical competitions, what set Ryan apart was his joyful spirit. He put his soul into his music at all times, but even more so as he conducted his long fight with multiple myeloma.

Bringing musicians together from around the world, through his work with CancerBlows and The Ryan Anthony Foundation, Ryan showed us the way to persevere, be strong, share, take joy in making music together, and in doing so, be a healing force for ourselves and the world. Having these competitions named in his memory reminds us all that the ultimate competition is with ourselves and that we can be generous and kind to one another as we make each other better. We shall compete joyfully and keep Ryan’s spirit alive. Remember, Music = Hope.

For full details on The Ryan Anthony Memorial Trumpet Competition, including rules, contest repertoire, and application procedures, see the ITG Competitions web page ( The application deadline for 2021 is February 1.

Ryan Anthony (Photo Credit: Jeremy Lock)

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