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Bones of Cincinnatus

a flexible trombone ensemble

Trombonists from Cincinnati and nearby areas in Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana join talents to perform music for one of the most beautiful sounding instruments, the trombone.  The size of the trombone ensemble varies from 4 to 12 or more, depending on the nature of the event or performance and the availability of the performers.
The name of the ensemble was chosen partly due to the location (Cincinnati was founded by members of the Order of Cincinnatus) and partly because of the model created by the Roman General Cincinnatus.  Cincinnatus was asked by the Roman Senate to leave his farm and lead the army  to defend Rome from invasion in 458 B.C.  After defeating the invaders in 16 days, he resigned from the most powerful position in the army to return to his farm.  George Washington, first president of the Order of Cincinnatus, declined to serve more than two terms as president of the U.S. and returned to his home at Mt. Vernon, following the example of the order's namesake.   The trombonists that make up this group, have temporarily set aside their work to come together for the enjoyment of audiences and the fellowship of making beautiful trombone music.  When the performance ends for the trombonists, they return, like Cincinnatus, to their other responsibilities.

International Trombone Week performances
Since 2005, performances during the first week of April have been a tradition. In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013, 2014, and 2015 the Bones of Cincinnatus joined with the Lakota Trombone ensemble for a 40+ trombone concert.  Several performances included piano, bass, and drums, a stirring addition for the group.  During International Trombone Week the ensemble performs at churches, retirement centers, community meeting venues.  You will see pictures of several such events below.  Bob Coil has organized other performances over the years for numerous other occasions, but few pictures or recordings preserve memories prior to starting this web page that can be shared. 

Bob Coil is a member of the International Trombone Association and is leader of the Bones of Cincinnatus.  He may be contacted about performances by a trombone ensemble or with questions and comments about this web site.

Look for details about the next ITF on International Trombone Association Festival website. Festival plans for 2023 are under way for Salt Lake City, July 12-15, 2023.
If you are not a member of ITA, I can highly recommend it to you. The quarterly magazine is worth the annual dues alone, and if you can get to a Festival, it will change you. ITA website

Future Performances

The Trombone Picnic 2024 will by at 7100 E. Aracoma Dr, the morning of Saturday July 27. The host, BOB COIL, is celebrating his 75th birthday this summer.
As we have done in previous years, we will play from about 9:30am to about 12:00pm and the have a picnic lunch from the wonderful selections that people have brought.
Send an email to if you can attend. Everyone will receive a followup email with details about what items are needed and the approximate number of people attending.

The Bones of Cincinnatus Quintet will perform On Saturday June 1 at Harmon Museum - 105 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036 Warren County Museum as part of a weekend of festivities in Lebanon.

The trombone quintet will also perform at:
Northminster Presbyterian on April 18 at 1:00pm
April 20 at Eastgate Village at 6:00pm
June 26 at Maple Knoll Village at 7:00pm,
August 29 at Ohio Living Mt Pleasant at 5:30pm
September 19 at Magnolia Springs at 6:30pm
October 5 at Eastgate Village at 6:00pm

For a complete list of Polished Brass arrangements on Sheet Music Press, visit Polished Brass Publications

Trombone Ensemble arrangements for purchase
A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Trombone QUARTET
A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Trombone QUINTET
A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody - Trombone QUINTET with optional rhythm
For The Beauty Of the Earth - Trombone quintet
Harrigan - Trombone quintet
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas - Trombone quintet w/opt rhythm
I'm In The Mood For Love - Trombone quintet w/opt rhythm
My Melancholy Baby - Trombone quintet
My Way - Trombone quintet w/opt rhythm
Sweet Caroline - Trombone quintet w/opt rhythm
The Stripper - Trombone quartet
Trees - Trombone quintet
Who Put The Bomp - Trombone quintet with opt. rhythm
You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Trombone quintet
Flipping Through the Musical Calendar - Trombone quintet a tour of holidays we missed in 2020 by Al Schmidt

Gallery Pictures and Sound from previous performances

Bob Coil is also leader of the Polished Brass quintet and may be contacted about performances by a brass quintet and with questions and comments about this web site.
For more information call (513)-841-2645 or send email to

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