THE GREEN HORNET
MAIN THEME for solo trombone
In 1966, after the huge success of the Batman television series, ABC introduced The Green Hornet to America. The famed Van Williams played the role of The Green Hornet, while Kato was played by martial arts expert Bruce Lee. The series was later cancelled after only one season.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral interlude, "Flight of the Bumblebee", used for the radio series, was so strongly identified with The Green Hornet that it was retained as the theme, rearranged and updated by Billy May with trumpet solo by Al Hirt. Director Quentin Tarantino, in a clear homage to Bruce Lee and The Green Hornet TV program, introduced it to younger generations when he re-tasked the song for a transitional sequence in Kill Bill Vol. 1.
This Brass Ensemble arrangement by Anthony DiLorenzo includes a Trombone solo part which has been played to much acclaim by Pittsburgh Symphony Trombonist Jim Nova.