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Mr. Trombonology

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Nathaniel C. Davis

Subtitle: A Characteristic Trombone Smear. The Son of O Slip It, Man.

General Info

Year: 1917 / 1920
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Solo B-flat Cornet Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tenor Horn I-II Euphonium
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mr. Trombonology by African American composer, trombonist, bandleader and publisher Nathaniel Cleophas "Shorty" Davis was written in 1917 as a trombone solo in the American genre of ragtime featuring the trombone's patented glissando as the "hook". These solos were also called smears or jazzes.

Mr. Trombonology is one of five entertaining works from Davis's "Trombone Family" written between 1915 and 1921 and comes with the subtitle A Characteristic Trombone Smear. The Son of Oh Slip It Man, the work even comes with a "shout-out" chorus page of music for those times when you want to get the crowd all pepped up!

- Program Note from Sheet Music Plus


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 19 June 2022

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