Our MD has asked everymember of our band to pull a solo out of the music library and practice and perform it. Can anyone name a few fairly decent but not too tricky Bass Trombone Solos that I can get my chops round
I always enjoy playing "I wanna be like you". Good fun, makes everyone smile, and not that hard either. Think the arrangement's by Alan Fernie?
I would give "Wand'rin' Star" a miss (sorry Jack!)... Some cheese just smells too bad... Incidentally, I don't recall there being an obbligato section in it? Is there more than one arrangement? I think it's the Fernie one that we have.
But speaking of obbligatos, I was at a concert with Mr Fernie's youth band not long ago where they programmed a George Roberts style bass trombone obbligato feature. Smooth and tasty in and out of the trigger register. It was a new arrangement - not sure of the title. Keep meaning to enquire...
B' Bye - No
Hall of the Mountain King - No
I wanna be like you - no
Minnie the Moocher - No
Rainy day in Rio - No
Wandrin' Star - Yes *rolls eyes* (No obligato written, but there's nothing stopping a little blues 'bone improv )
Have also taken I only Have Eyes for You which is a Bass Trom feature (And might be the piece you were talking about MoominDave).
George Roberts Suite has a piece for everyone. Be it the first, second or third in the suite. Stella by Starlight, Feelin' Low (not a note even on the stave!!) or In the Hall of the Mountain King. All are available as singular pieces as well. Theres also the likes of Father Neptune which is more of a classic brass band solo. You should give Feelin' Low a shot. Great piece of very laid back music. There's a recording of it on Doug Yeo's Proclamation CD. Hope this helps!
One of our lads used to regularly bring the house down with Leigh Baker's setting of 'The Bare Necessities' - and although originally done for Eb bass sits rather nicely on bass trom. (I think better than it does on tuba.)
You've gotta have your clowning-around head on for that one though, and have the choreography well sorted in advance. But there's nothing hard in it, which gives the soloist a chance to clown around still further without denting the performance.
Can I just say, that as a trombonist, I, like many can get a bit prissy about playing music designed to be humourous. However, as a listener and audience member, it normally works well. Quite often it gives the audience a bit of a break from the sometimes tedious programming you get in some band concerts! My spell on Bass Trombone was at Leyland some years ago, and I knew that, "like it or not", if i did a humourous solo... some of the audience members would always come up to me at the end of the concert to say what a good player I was and how entertaining the music had been.
I knew full well that the principal cornet and euph had played wonderfully well in their technically brilliant solos, but the audience appreciate being entertained! If you are in any doubt, ask Steve Sykes?
It's the quality of how you play, not so much what.
I've played Bob Casey's arrangement of 'Minnie the Moocher' with my local band at lots of different concerts and contests. It's great fun to play and the audience seem to enjoy it too which is a big bonus. It's not particularly difficult either. The range goes from a Db above the stave to a pedal A. Another good bass solo is Alan Fernie's arrangement of 'I Wanna Be Like You'. Our band has played this one too but it was played by the bass player before me who did an amazing job. It doesn't go as low 'Minnie the Moocher' (lowest note being a C) and goes up to an F above the stave but i think generally it's a more difficult solo.