Bull Trombone

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Fillmore

Henry Fillmore

Subtitle: A Cullud Toreador

General Info

Year: 1905 / 1924 / 1959
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Henry Fillmore ( 1881-1956) seemed determined to cause his parents grief from day one. The owner of a publishing company dedicated to printing religious music, Fillmore's father considered the trombone to be "evil ," not to be played by any God-fearing person. Despite these warnings, young Henry decided to play the trombone. As an adult, he left the family business over an argument concerning "the evils of band music," which was exacerbated by his engagement to a burlesque dancer. After their marriage, Fillmore supported himself and his wife by playing both freelance trombone and semi-professional football.

Later in life, Fillmore settled down and did not tour with his own band very often. Perhaps as a tribute to his rebellious youth, he occasionally would write the most rambunctious sort of march, the trombone smear. In 1924, nearing the last third of his life, Fillmore wrote Bull Trombone, the 12th addition to his trombone family.

- Program Note from liner notes of Altissimo Recordings CD On Dress Parade


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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