Lassus Trombone (arr. Clark)

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore (arr. Larry Clark)

General Info

Year: 1915 / 1998
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Henry Fillmore is best known for his outpouring of successful marches. This becomes even more impressive when one realizes that he also wrote under eight names. He is also known as the 'father of the Trombone smear' because of the wide acceptance of Lassus Trombone and fourteen other compositions of this nature. Larry Clark greatly reduces any technical difficulties, leaving intact the great glissando effects that your audiences (and your trombone players) will love!

- Program Note from publisher

The minstrel show, which emerged as a form of entertainment in the United States in the 1840s, consisted for a time of humorous musical programs based on Northern concepts of Negro entertainment. Fillmore’s trombone smears, beginning with Miss Trombone in 1908, often included subtitles which were in the minstrel-vaudeville idiom of the time. Paul Bierley writes that they were also influenced by his grandmother McKrell’s former slave, Sarah, a jolly soul who sang catchy old spirituals while she worked and was always treated with respect and kindness in the Fillmore household. In addition to Lassus Trombone -- "De Cullud Valet to" Miss Trombone (1915), examples include: Pahson Trombone -- Lassus Trombone's “Old Man” (1916); Sally Trombone -- Pahson Trombone’s Eldest Gal (1917); Shoutin’ Liza Trombone -- Mose Trombone’s Ah-finity (1920); Dusty Trombone -- He's de Next Door Neighbor to Bones Trombone (1923); and Boss Trombone -- He’s de Head Man (1929). Other smears were written for Slim, Mose, Teddy, Bull, Bones, Ham, of course, Hot Trombone, which undoubtedly called for additional lubricant for the slide.

Lassus Trombone was John Philip Sousa’s favorite smear. He programmed the tune on every concert of one of his final tours. It was also Fillmore’s favorite. Delegates who attended the 1949 Southern Division meeting of the Music Educators' National Conference in Tampa, Florida, may have forgotten most of the other details, but they will never forget "Uncle Henry,” dressed in his customary white suit and wielding a huge baton, conducting a line of trombonists stretched across a football field playing his Lassus Trombone. The sheet music arrangement has sold over two million copies.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Courage (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1919/2003/2012)
  • His Honor March (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1933/2014)

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 204-205.