Trombone Solo Music with Band by Howard J. Buss

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III-IV: Intermediate
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(These works are also available in versions with piano reduction.)

ILLUMINATIONS for bass trombone (or tuba) and band by Howard J. Buss , originally for bass trombone and piano, was composed for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Festival. This work is written in an accessible modern style: The musical language is sophisticated, yet appealing to general audiences.  Illuminations is in 2 movements: Reverie is contemplative and lyrical. Beautiful, expansive melodic lines are woven into a gentle, almost mystical, musical fabric. Urban Lights is an energetic rondo influenced by jazz, and in one section, funk music. “Thoughtful, tuneful, and rewarding to perform.” – ITA Journal
(19’) Grade V-VI.
Sound samples: Movement 1 - Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3,

Movement 2 - Excerpt 1.mp3, Excerpt 2.mp3, Excerpt 3.mp3, Excerpt 4.mp3

YouTube Video

Music available from Cimarron Music Press

Reflections on the Last Post for tuba and piano coverReflections on the Last Post for tuba and band coverREFLECTIONS ON THE LAST POST for tuba (playable on bass trombone) and band Howard J. Buss was inspired by The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. It honors the thousands of soldiers who died to free Belgium from the Germans in WWI. The Last Post Ceremony was first held on July 1928 and has been performed every night since November 11, 1929 at the Menin Gate Memorial, except during the years of the German occupation of Ypres from May 20, 1940 to September 6, 1944. During the occupation the ceremony was continued at the Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England. The composition develops the “Last Post” bugle call, which is performed near the beginning of the ceremony. The work also has stirring sections signifying the youthfulness and vitality of those who fought and died on the Ypres battlefields. This work was winner of the Composition Competition of the U.S. Army Band’s 2019 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop and will be used for the workshop’s 2020 performers’ competition. (8’) Grade V. Video

Sound samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3; Excerpt 4.mp3

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TROMBONE CONCERTO (1983) by Howard J. Buss in 3 movements: Proclamation, Soliloquy, and Capriccio. This critically acclaimed composition works well as a feature number and as a contest piece. “An alternative to the Rimsky-Korsakov, the Jacob ‘Concertino’, or the Larson - substantial, listenable, I recommend it highly.” - Paul Hunt, ITA Journal. (18’) Grade V.
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Score samples (transposed): Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf; Movement 3.pdf

Solo part samples: Movement 1.pdf; Movement 2.pdf; Movement 3.pdf

Sound Sanples Movement 1: Opening.mp3; Middle.mp3; Ending.mp3; Movement 2: Excerpt.mp3;

Movement 3: Opening.mp3; Ending.mp3

Music available from Cimarron Music Press

Trombone and Euphonium Music Index (includes music for bass trombone)
(Click on an instrumentation link, works are listed in alphabetical order within each category.)

Solo Trombone or euphonium- unaccompanied

Trombone or euphonium & one other instrument

(various combinations, including works with piano & electronic recording)

Trombone or euphonium with percussion ensemble

Trombone or euphonium ensembles

Trombone or euphonium in chamber music - trios
(includes brass trios)

Trombones or euphoniums in chamber music - quartets
(includes standard brass quartets)

Trombone in chamber music - quintets, sextets, and brass choir
(includes standard brass quintets)

Trombone or euphonium and band

Howard J. Buss, Composer       

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Trombone Music, solo with band accompaniment, Bass Trombone (or tuba) solo with band sheet music. Product description: Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trombone: Solos, Duos, Ensembles, Chamber Music and Recordings