2012 logo color 120 x 160 transparent borderJingle Bones is presented by the Phillips Music Guild of Indianapolis, which is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

The event is presented free of charge as a service to the community. We gladly accept donations of any amount. Tax-deductible donations may be directed to the Phillips Music Guild, to help offset the expenses of presenting this event. Unrestricted donations are welcome, or you can designate your donation to specifically support the Jingle Bones event.

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Is this event only for central Indiana trombonists?

No.  All trombone players are welcome.  We expect participants from Fort Wayne, Toledo, South Bend, Terre Haute, Chicago, and Louisville.

What if I am a beginner?

Some of the music we perform is within the reach of beginners.  Some is more challenging, but you can learn a lot by sitting next to a more advanced player.  Most years about half the participants are school-aged students.  Advanced musicians look upon this as a brotherhood (or sisterhood) and are eager to share tips and techniques with less advanced players.

Is there a participation fee?

There are no participation fees.  We welcome donations to help us cover the costs of this program and the many other educational activities of the Phillips Music Guild.  To support our efforts, please click here.

How long has Jingle Bones been going on?

This event dates back to the early 1990s when a group of trombonists got together in Evansville, Indiana. The Jingle Bones tradition has been going strong in Indianapolis since 1998.  We look forward to helping trombonists in other communities develop Jingle Bones events in their areas. To get other Jingle Bones events started, please use our Contact Us form.

Jingle Bones is an annual tradition of Midwest trombonists to celebrate the holiday season by sharing beautiful music performed in the trombone choir setting.  Musicians of all ages and skill levels are invited to come join the fun.

The goals of the Jingle Bones event are:

  • To entertain the public and enhance the holiday atmosphere in central Indiana
  • To promote public awareness and appreciation of the trombone
  • To provide a unique educational opportunity, especially for area students
  • To create an opportunity for area trombonists to meet with their colleagues in an atmosphere of friendship and fun.
Special thanks to our event sponsor:

 We wish to thank these organizations that support Jingle Bones:
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   Arts Council of Indianapolis      Paige's Music      Musicians Repair and Sales