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Trombone Champ has arrived with a blast and gaming will never be the same again. My inner trombonist is rejoicing.


You see, I started playing trombone in sixth grade at the tender age of 12. Truth be told, my first choice of musical instrument was the tenor saxophone, but since every damn sixth-grader chooses either sax or trumpet, band leaders have to make some students take up their second choice. Mine was trombone, so I became a trombonist. And I stuck with it, much to my benefit. As a junior in high school, I received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s five-week summer program. And Northeastern paid half of my tuition freshman year to play trombone in their jazz band, concert band, and pep band. The trombone has served me well over the years.


So you can imagine my excitement when Trombone Champ popped up on my radar recently. Truly, it’s an idea who’s time has long since come. As described on their website:

Trombone Champ is the world’s first trombone-based rhythm music game. Unlike most music games, you can freely play any note at any time. You’re not just following along with the music, you’re actually playing the music!

To simplify: Trombone Champ is basically Guitar Hero, but with a trombone instead of a guitar, and it’s more musical. Which is cool, because you can make fart sounds with a trombone. You need a pedal to do that with a guitar.


Trombone Champ: Let’s Play

The beauty of the game lies in how incredibly funny it is. As a trombonist, I’m here to tell you that the trombone is not only the silliest brass instrument, but the silliest of all instruments. Few things are funnier than screwing around on a trombone. I watched the PC Gamer clip below about a half-dozen times and almost died laughing. Take a look and download Trombone Champ here.

  • I Can't Stop Laughing

  • "The Star Spangled Banner"

  • Trombone Champ Teaser

  • Trombone Champ Trailer

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