This arrangement of the famous hymn, “Onward, Christian Soldiers” was written particularly to feature the bass trombone. The arrangement was written for the senior recital of Paul Lavallee on his graduation from high school, playing with Dem Bones trombone ensemble in Mississippi.
The tune itself was written by Sir Arthur Sullivan as a part of one of his operettas, and is still popular everywhere today.
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, the D, and the C 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 an excellent opportunity to showcase your low trombone player. Order this tune for your trombone ensemble repertoire today!