The U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble

The U-Tubes consists of 6 tenors and 2 bass trombones with full rhythm section. The ensemble performs new arrangements and original compositions by UNT students and faculty as well as selections from the classic trombone-band literature.

MULB 1808

Info For Those Interested in Writing for The U-Tubes:

Instrumentation: 6 tenor trombones (lead line can go up to a D 8VA above middle C, and the occasional high F), 2 bass trombones (can write down to a pedal F), piano, bass, drums and guitar. Think modern, different, swingin' 1:00 Lab Band sounds. Use 1:00 recordings for inspiration and ideas. You can arrange a standard, jazz standard, or compose an original. Here are some other great writers to check out for direction:

  1. Slide Hampton
  2. Thad Jones
  3. Bob Brookmeyer
  4. Walt Weiskopf
  5. David Hazeltine
  6. Bob Mintzer
  7. Maria Schneider
  8. etc, etc.

Groups to listen to for trombone-band style and possibilities:

  1. New York Trombone Conspiracy CD: "A Matter of Time"
  2. Them Bones CD: "You Asked For It: Them Bones"
  3. Slide Hampton's World of Trombones CDs: "Spirit of the Horn" "World of Trombones"
  4. The Capitol Bones CD: "Epistrophy"
  5. "Cream of the Crop" Bobby Knight's Great American Trombone Company Specifically: "Recuerdos"
  6. (All other charts for trombone ranges and textures)

Audition Information:

Send submissions (pdfs) and questions to faculty mentor Tony Baker at