The Stars and Stripes Forever

In my twenties I was in a trombone quartet.  It was modestly successful and quite a lot of fun.  We needed a showoff piece to end our concerts with and this was the result.  At the time, I didn't know about the famous Vladimir Horowitz version for piano and I'm afraid I was inspired by the fact that when I was a boy we used to sing it as a rugby song with spectacularly rude words.

A lot of people think I wrote it for the all-female quartet Bones Apart.  They've certainly played it more often than anyone else but I have a nasty feeling that if any of them had actually been born when I made it, I'm quite sure none of them were big enough to hold a trombone!

Bones Apart have recorded it:


iTunes MP3

and it's published by Studio Music:

Studio Music


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