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Trombone Blues

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Fred Jewell

Fred Jewell

General Info

Year: 1918
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1918 the distinguished bandmaster and composer Fred A. Jewell (1875-1936) retired from touring with various circuses to become band director for the community of Fairfield, Iowa. That same year he published one of his best and most famous compositions, Trombone Blues. A circus standard for many years, it usually accompanied the antics of clowns, especially the "walk-around," although also used for escape artists. The piece is musically described as a "trombone smear," a mix of ragtime and march modes, although most smears are not in a fast tempo like this one.

- Program Note from Circus Songs: An Annotated Anthology


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Jewell, F. (1915). Trombone Blues [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Studwell, W., et al. (1999). "Circus Songs: An Annotated Anthology." New York: The Haworth Press, pp. 32.