Here is not only an absolutely delightful arrangement of this all-time Christmas favorite, it is also one of the “tromboniest” pieces you’ll ever find! This was written for Dem Bones trombone ensemble in Mississippi.
When we say it’s one of the “tromboniest” pieces, we mean it’s got plenty of delicious smears, the kind only a trombone can do.
This arrangement is written to a moderate grade III level of difficulty, with the first part ranging up to the Bb above the staff. 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, the D, and the C below the staff. Of course, the bass trombone also has plenty of pedal tones as well.
Currently, we have TWO renditions of this tune for you to hear. This first one is of a live performance in December 2011, by Dem Bones at the Community Band’s annual Christmas concert. At this time, Dem Bones consisted of five members – none of them professional trombonists. The members include a computer programmer, a lights-and-sound business owner, a doctor (physician), a retired financial planner, and a high school student. They had a great time with this tune, and you will, too. Here’s their performance:
And here is a computerized rendition of the score. Note that 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 feature it (and your group) on this page.
The tune will be a delight to players and audiences alike, and is an ideal showcase for the delightful smears possible only on a trombone. Order this tune for your trombone ensemble repertoire today!