Solo Trombone Music with Percussion Ensemble by Howard J. Buss

Compositions and Arrangements
Grading Scale:
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Trombone(s) or euphonium with percussion ensemble
(Works are listed in alpabetical order, durations are in parenthesis):

AMERICAN PHOENIX (2001) for solo bass trombone (or tuba) and four percussion by Howard J. Buss was commissioned for Stefan Sanders and the 30th Anniversary of the International Trombone Assn. It was composed following the world events of September 11, 2001 and premiered by Mr. Sanders and members of the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble at the 2002 International Trombone Festival. The 3 movements are: In Remembrance 9/11/01, Repercussions, and Renewal. Percussion Distribution - Percussion 1: Xylophone, tubular bells (chimes), suspended cymbal, snare drum, police whistle, and bell tree; Percussion 2: Vibes, 2 suspended cymbals, 4 tom toms, bongos, and wood block; Percussion 3: Marimba, tam-tam, lion roar, ratchet, slapstick, wind chimes, and suspended cymbal; Percussion 4: Marimba (to low A), timpani (4), tambourine, 2 cowbells, and suspended cymbal."Buss’ melodies vary. They are mystic, poignant, heroic, often modal, and at times reminiscent of folk songs. He writes for the percussion ensemble with mastery and features a wide range of instruments. The sound landscape is rich with many moods and timbres. American Phoenix is an powerful addition to a solo program or as a feature piece for a percussion recital. It is rewarding for both performer and audience.”- The ITA Journal, (15’) Grade V.   Video on YouTube
Score Samples:
Mvt. 1 In Remembrance 9/11/01.pdf; Mvt. 2 Repercussions.pdf; Mvt. 3 Renewal.pdf

Sound Samples: Movement 1 (In Remembrance 9/11/01), Excerpt A.mp3; Excerpt B.mp3;

Movement 2 (Repercussions), Excerpt A.mp3; Excerpt B.mp3;

Movement 3 (Renewal), Excerpt A.mp3; Excerpt B.mp3

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CROSSROADS (2011) for 4-part trombone choir and 8 percussion by Howard J. Buss is dedicated to Tom Brantley and Robert McCormick. The University of South Florida Trombone Choir and Percussion Ensemble premiered it in Tampa, Florida in January, 2012. The 4 trombone parts may be performed as a quartet; however, it is desirable to have multiple players used on each part except in those areas where the score specifically specifies one player on a part for a particular passage. The unique instrumentation of this ensemble, combined with the prevalence of numerous colleges and universities that have trombone choirs and percussion ensembles, make this a concert work that is destined to become standard literature. "Somewhat contemporary sounding, with jazz and Latin influences, one's interest is held for the entirety. The two instrument families are well integrated throughout. Some sections are extremely lyrical in the percussion ensemble and rhythmic in the trombones, vice versa in others. This compositional technique allows for great clarity throughout the work. An enjoyable work for the performers and audience." -Susan Martin Tariq, Percussive Notes Magazine. (15’40”) Grade V.
View at CROSSROADS YouTube Video

Additional Information: Percussion setup page.pdf   General notes and instructions.pdf
Sound Samples: Excerpt_1.mp3, Excerpt_2.mp3, Excerpt_3.mp3, Excerpt_4.mp3

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(1987) for trombone (or euphonium) and four percussion by Howard J. Buss was inspired by Carl Sagan’s poetic observation about dreams: “Late at night, when it is very still and the obligatory dreams have been dreamt, the gazelles and dragons begin to stir.” Subdued, mystical sections contrast with energetic and rhythmic episodes in a manner resembling a progression of dreams. Percussion distribution: Perc. 1: Marimba, celesta (muted orchestra bells may be substituted), suspended cymbal, claves, and 2 cow bells; Perc. 2: Vibes, maracas, bass drum and temple blocks; Perc. 3: Orchestra bells, guiro, and 2 suspended cymbals; Perc. 4: Chimes (tubular bells), bongos, wind chimes, tam-tam, triangle, and lion roar. “Worth programming and highly recommended.” - Percussive Notes
(10’) Grade IV-V.  View on YouTube 

Sound Samples: Excerpt 1.mp3; Excerpt 2.mp3; Excerpt 3.mp3

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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

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Trombone Music (also euphonium & bass trombone) with percussion ensemble sheet music, graded catalog of sheet music. Product description: Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trombone: Solos, Duos, Ensembles, Chamber Music and Recordings