Sheet Music: Rolling Thunder

TitleRolling Thunder
ComposerHenry Fillmore (1881–1956)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA-flat major
RangeC4–Gb6
Time signature4/4
Tempo160 BPM
Performance time1:50
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-03-23
Last updated2010-03-23
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Circus music, Marches

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Tuesday 23 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Rolling Thunder

by Henry Fillmore

The march “Rolling Thunder” was written in 1916 and dedicated to a trombone player named Ed Hicker, also known as the “Trombone Ace”. It subsequently became a circus band standard, played whenever a number got particularly exciting. Today it is often performed as an opener and an encore piece in concerts.

This screamer features a fast and extremely technical trombone part. Its fast and furious tempo makes it very enjoyable to listen to, although it may scare beginner players. Our tip is always the same: do not even try to play it at performance tempo right away!