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Bass Trombone Concerto

Composed by Chris Brubeck

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Bass Trombone Concerto

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“As a bass trombonist, I spent many years of my adolescence playing in youth orchestras, engaging in musical daydreams. I would visualize myself jumping up from the back of the orchestra to unleash improvisations much to the conductor's horror. The resultant three-movement, thirteen-minute work has enjoyed a robust life with performances by notable orchestras all around the world. Happily, the concerto works well as a recital piece, with many accomplished college players having won concerto competitions performing it. Jazz elements were inescapable, and realizing my old nightmare/dream, quite a bit of the trombone solo is meant to be improvised. I made a recording of the concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, which was included on a CD called Bach to Brubeck released on Koch International Classics. Having already become popular as a bass trombone work with orchestra accompaniment, renowned British Bass Trombonist and publisher Roger Argente suggested he release a special Brass Band arrangement of my concerto. Roger knew the piece well because years ago he played the European premiere of the concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.” – Chris Brubeck

Duration: 13:00 minutes

Percussion: 5 Players playing drum kit, timpani, chimes, high-hat, tambourine, glockenspiel, snare drum, slapstick, suspended cymbal, triangle, xylophone, marimba, tubular bells, crash cymbals, guiro, large gong, maracas, concert bass drum, sand blocks, claves and cowbell. 

Grade 5: Difficult Championship and 1st Section Bands