Blue-Tail Fly – Trombone Quartet


Here is a delightful arrangement of the pre-1850 folk tune also known as “Jimmy Crack Corn.” In an arrangement suitable for both children’s concerts and adult audiences, both players and audiences will have a foot-tapping good time with this tune.

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Here is a fun arrangement of the old minstrel song, “Jimmy Crack Corn,” also known by the title “The Blue-Tail Fly.” This tune first became popular in the 1840s in Virginia, and came back to popularity during the latter part of the 20th century as part of the resurgence of American folk music, and has been a popular children’s song ever since. The arrangement was written for the Dem Bones trombone ensemble in Mississippi.

This arrangement is written to a moderate grade III level of difficulty, with the first part ranging up to the Bb above the staff, and the second part goes as high as the Ab above the staff when it has the melody. As with most trombone ensemble music in this series, the fourth part is written for Bass Trombone, requiring at least an F attachment to enable the player to play the Eb and the D below the staff.

Here is a computerized rendition of the score. This tune has been played in public, we just didn’t get a recording of it. We would be happy to receive an MP3 or video of a recording of your group playing this piece. If it is a good (accurate) playing of this tune, we will be happy to feature it (and your group) on this page.

The tune is suitable for children’s concerts as well as for adult audiences. Not only will the players have a great time playing the tune, their audiences will love it as well. Order this tune for your trombone ensemble repertoire today!

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