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Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Wow. I have just stumbled across a wonderful piece of music here recently. "Trombonology" by Tommy Dorsey is a fun piece that would challege the most advanced player. I stumbled across this piece while looking at websites for different trombone players. This particular site had a MIDI file in which this particular player was showcasing his own solo trombone with piano arrangment. I have to admit I listened to this file and was blown away. I have since been back several times just to listen to this piece of music and have become enthralled. Where was this piece of music when I was in college? Shame on you Mr. F L. Shame on you Mr. K S (you still have not earned your "doctor" title in my opionion). You at WSU school of music did not let me know. You did not alert me that this piece of music was out there. Had I known about this piece, I would have wanted to attempt to play it. It is definitely a challenging piece, but as I have been listening to it over and over again, I am finding it a fun piece of music that I wish that I had know about much earlier.

I now have a copy of the music. I am going to work on it on my own. However, I am not playing as much as I was back in college because I just don't have the time. It would have been fun to try this piece when I was playing every day and at my best.

When I started reading the comments, I realized that I did not include the link where I found all of this information. Hat tip to the commentors. Here is the link where I first discovered the information on Trombonology. This link includes trombone part, trombone and piano part, and a midi file of the performance of Trombonology. Site owner is Benjamin Coy and this is his arrangement of the trombone and piano part. The website link is http://www.tenorposaune.com/music/Trombonology.php
Hope that you enjoy.


Blogger Dan said...

I have a copy of Dorsey playing "Trombonology" in the late '40's - didn't seem to have much trouble with the technical aspect of playing. I suppose he recorded that just to show everyone that he could play other things than just pretty ballads.

Let me know if you'd like a copy of "trombonology" as played by T.D.


22/11/04 3:49 PM

Blogger larry klos said...

Do you have sheet music of song. My son would like it. Thanks.Larry Klos.

29/12/04 7:47 PM

Blogger Moonbath said...

yes i wish to also find some trombone sheet music for this, because all i can find is examples that go like 5 measures, i wish to learn it. great song. email me at Moonbath311@yahoo.com please and thank you

9/4/08 10:19 AM

Blogger Lucas Kaspar said...

Hey, I have been looking for this piece for months. I would greatly appreciate it if you could lead me somewhere where I can find the sheet music. Thanks alot.

4/9/08 6:46 PM

Blogger Girthg Haghg said...

Hey Dan! Dont know if it still applies since it seems that you made this comment 7 years ago, but I would be interested in getting the music if you still have it.


28/7/11 1:35 AM


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