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SOLO REPERTOIRE
SUITABLE FOR USE BY INTRUMENTALISTS IN CHURCHES


It has been my pleasure to play in many churches over the years, many of which I have recorded on my CD CORNERSTONE, and I have collected a rather large collection of appropriate music for trombone and piano that is suitable for such purposes. I have made it my custom, whenever I play in churches, to always play a hymn or gospel song, rather than a classical selection. I do this partly because I personally enjoy the change from the kind of music I play every day in the Boston Symphony, but mostly because I believe music in church should speak directly to the listener and not, primarily, draw attention to the performer. Because of this, I have shied away from "theme and variation" arrangments and pieces that are of an up-tempo nature, preferring ballads that speak directly to the heart of the listener.

Because I am often asked what music I use in church, I have compiled the following list of books and individual arrangements that I have regularly. Some of them, in particular the five Bill Pearce books, I know are out of print, but you may be able to find a copy around somewhere. None are strictly for bass trombone, and many are simply a piano/vocal arrangement that I play down one or two octaves depending on the key. The new publications by Curnow Music Press are nicely filling the gap created by the loss of the Bill Pearce books. I would also suggest an excellent resource, the Sacred Instrumental Published Music List which is published by the Christian Instrumentalists and Directors Association (CIDA) every few years. It is a benefit of membership in the organization. Annual membership is $20 and inquiries should be directed to David Smith, CIDA Membership Chairman, 4826 Shabbona Road, Deckerville, Michigan 48427.

Below I have listed many books of sacred solos that I use when I play in churches. Be sure to scroll to the end of this page for links to publishers, distributors, composers and others who have provided excellent church music resources to me.

I hope you find this list helpful, and I pray that God will continue to use you in your ministry of music as you play for His glory.


I have released a compact disc recording of hymns and songs I often play in church, which includes many of the arrangements listed below. For information about the CD, CORNERSTONE, including a full track listing, complete program notes, information on how to obtain the music on the album and order the recording, reviews, and much more, visit the Cornerstone information page


* = a particularly good/useful arrangement I use regularly

Great Hymns, arranged by James Curnow

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, includes play-a-long CD, pub. Curnow Music Press , distributed by Hal Leonard (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

More Great Hymns, selected by James Curnow; arranged by James Curnow, Stephen Bulla, Timothy Thompson, Douglas Court, Kevin Norbury.

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, includes play-a-long CD, pub. Curnow Music Press , distributed by Hal Leonard (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

Easy Great Hymns, selected by James Curnow; arranged by James Curnow, Stephen Bulla, Timothy Thompson, Douglas Court, Paul Curnow.

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, includes play-a-long CD, pub. Curnow Music Press , distributed by Hal Leonard (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

Gloria!, Instrumental solos for Easter, arranged by Stephen Bulla.

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, includes play-a-long CD, pub. Curnow Music Press , distributed by Hal Leonard (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

Great Carols, Instrumental Solos for Christmas, selected by James Curnow; arranged by James Curnow, Stephen Bulla, Timothy Thompson, Douglas Court, Paul Curnow, Willliam Himes, Kevin Norbury.

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, includes play-a-long CD, pub. Curnow Music Press , distributed by Hal Leonard (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

Easy Great Carols, Instrumental Solos for Christmas, selected by James Curnow; arranged by James Curnow, Stephen Bulla, Timothy Thompson, Douglas Court, Paul Curnow.

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, includes play-a-long CD, pub. Curnow Music Press , distributed by Hal Leonard (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

Instrumental Solos for Worship, arranged by James Curnow

Bass Clef Instrument and piano, pub. Jenson Publications (to order, contact Kari Ann Hanke at Curnow Music Press).

Sacred Songs For Instruments, arranged by Fred Bock

Bass clef instrument and piano, pub. Fred Bock Music

Singspiration Symphony Instrumental Solos, arranged by David Clydesdale

Bass clef instrument and piano (optional cassette tracks), pub. Singspiration/Zondervan

Instruments in Praise, arranged by Lloyd Larson

Bass clef instrument and piano, pub. Fred Bock Music Company

Trumpets Alive, The Best of Chuck Ohman

Trumpet and piano, pub. Singspiration Music

The Story of the Spirituals, arranged by Edward Boatner

Voice and piano, pub. McAfee Music Corporation
Contains 30 spirituals and their stories including:

The Gospel Trombonist, by Don Scovill

Lillenas Publishing c.1966. OUT OF PRINT
Intermediate level theme and variation arrangements:

Trombone Hymn Variations, by D.R.Heier, acc. by A.M.Merk

Lillenas Publishing c.1963. OUT OF PRINT
Intermediate level theme and variation arrangements:

Instrumental Solotrax, Volume 3, arranged by Joseph Linn (with piano, tape or orchestral accompaniment)

Lillenas Publishing
Intermediate level:

Instrumental Solotrax Christmas for Trombone or Cello, arranged by Ed Hogan (with piano, tape or orchestral accompaniment)

Lillenas Publishing
Intermediate level:

Bill Pearce presents Easy Trombone Stylings

Trombone and piano, pub. Singspiration/Zondervan. OUT OF PRINT

Bill Pearce presents Easy Trombone Stylings Volume 2

Trombone and piano, pub. Singspiration/Zondervan. OUT OF PRINT

Bill Pearce presents Fascinating Trombone Stylings

Trombone and piano, pub. Singspiration/Zondervan. OUT OF PRINT

Bill Pearce presents Fascinating Trombone Stylings, Volume 2

Trombone and piano, pub. Singspiration/Zondervan. OUT OF PRINT

Bill Pearce presents Concert Trombone Stylings

Trombone and piano, pub. Singspiration/Zondervan. OUT OF PRINT

Bill Pearce, Trombone, arranged by Larry Mayfield

Trombone and piano, pub. Singspiration/Zondervan. OUT OF PRINT

Trombones Alive, The Best of Bill Pearce

Trombone and Piano, pub. Zondervan Music
Includes highlights from out of print Bill Pearce books

The Holy City, Stephen Adams, arr. W.H. Glenn

Trombone and Piano, pub. Boosey & Hawkes *

The Lord's Prayer, Albert Malotte

Low voice and piano, pub. G. Schirmer *

Gesu Bambino, Pietro Yon

Medium voice and piano, pub. J. Fischer & Bro. (div. of Belwin Mills) *

The Birthday of a King, W. H. Neidlinger

Medium voice and piano, pub. G. Schirmer *

O Holy Night, Adolphe Adam

Low voice and piano, pub. G. Schirmer *

I Wonder As I Wander, arr. John Jacob Niles

Low voice and piano, pub. G. Schirmer *

Other Resources

Stephen Gerber Music

60 Winthrop Street
Framingham, MA 01702-6919 USA
Numerous original compositions and arrangements by Stephen E. Gerber for trombone/bass trombone and piano including "Come Unto Him", "Were You There?", and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," as recorded on my solo CD, CORNERSTONE.

W. A. Ross Music

144 Old Stockbridge Road
Lenox, MA 01240 USA
Numerous arrangements by Wes Ross for trombone/bass trombone and piano including "Jesus, The Very Thought Of Thee/Be Thou My Vision," as recorded on my solo CD, CORNERSTONE. To order a copy of that arrangement, send $6.00 (includes shipping in the USA; add $2.00 additional for orders outside the USA) to W. A. Ross Music at the address above.

Curnow Music Press

100 John Sutherland Drive, Suite 7
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Telephone (800)728-7669
Fax (859)881-5171
Numerous arrangements by James Curnow and other composers and arrangers for trombone and piano including "Amazing Grace" as recorded on my solo CD, PROCLAMATION and "He Touched Me" as recorded on my solo CD, CORNERSTONE. Email inquiries to Kari Ann Hanke, Office Manager, Curnow Music Press.

SoundForth Music

Publisher of excellent arrangements of sacred music, including "Instruments of Glory" and "Instruments of Glory Vol. 2," books of intermediate level solos for trombone (or any instrument) and piano. Affiliated with Bob Jones University Press in Greenville, SC

David E. Smith Publications

4826 Shabbona Road
Deckerville, MI 48427
Phone - 800/OSACRED (orders only); 810/376-9055
Fax - 810/376-8429
Email David E. Smith Publications
Publisher of numerous arrangements for trombone and piano

Jantz Music

206 Gilderbrook Road
Greenville, SC 29615
Paul Jantz is professor of trombone at Bob Jones University and has published many fine arrangements of music for wind and brass solo (with piano), duet, trio, quartet and large ensemble. I have used many of his arrangements over the years for quartet as well as large groups. The Jantz Music catalog features arrangements by both Paul Jantz and many other fine composers and arrangers.

INTRADA Music Group

P.O. Box 1240
Anderson, IN 46015
Phone - 800/INTRADA
Fax - 317/640-8411
Numerous arrangements for trombone and piano by many publishers

Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass

Box 555
Winona Lake, IN 46590
Numerous arrangements for trombone and piano

The Church Instrumentalist

An extensive database of sacred ensemble music including many arrangements for brass.

Sam McFerrin, tubist

Tubist Sam McFerrin has arranged hymns and contemporary Christian songs for tuba, which are also suitable for trumpet, euphonium (treble and bass clef) bass trombone and trombone as well. Many of his hymn arrangements are designed to work well with with hymns as contained in the Methodist, Baptist and other denominational hymnals.

William Gordon Music

William Gordon and his music company, Gordon Music, maintain an extensive catalog of sacred music for solo and ensemble.


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