Matthew Russo, trombonist & educator

Instructor of Trombone, University of Connecticut

UConn Trombones Presents Couch Potatoes: Music from TV, Film, and Video Games

Stream the concert here

Theme from Bluey (2018)

Composed by Joff Bush

Bluey is an Australian kids television program about a young family of dogs, Bluey, her younger sister Bingo, and her two parents. The theme song opens with the family playing “musical statues” as each family is “out” as they don’t stop dancing when the music stops. It’s a favorite in my household.

Theme from Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was a cultural event in 1993. Based on the 1990 novel by Michael Criton, Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was a technological marvel, combining animatronics and cutting edge computer generated imagery. The tyrannosaurus rex, considered by Spielberg to be the true “star of the movie,” was a life-sized animatronic sculpture.

Proof of a Hero from Monster Hunter (2004)

Monster Hunter is one of the world’s best selling game franchises with over 90 million copies sold since the first entry in 2004. Proof of the Hero has served as the main theme since release. Today’s arrangement comes from MonHun super fan and senior music education major, Benjamin Inzero.

Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder, was based on Roald Dahl’s 1946 novel of the same name. The film tells the story of one lucky golden ticket winner, Charlie, and his tour of the mysterious Wonka Chocolate Factory. Wilder stars as Wonka and upon entering the factory sings this beautiful song as he invites his guests to taste the wonders of the room. Gumdrop trees, chocolate waterfalls, and cupcake bushes surround Wonka as he sings of the world he’s created out of his own Pure Imagination

World 2-2 from Super Mario Bros. (1985)

Japanese entertainment company Nintendo was synonymous with video gaming for decades. Its flagship franchise, Super Mario Bros., is one of the most consistent franchises in all of videogames, with both critical acclaim and commercial success. Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and was the highest selling piece of software for over three decades. The themes are equally iconic, programmed and composed by the legendary vide ogame composer Koji Kondo. World 2-2 is one of Mario’s first underwater levels.

Vuelie from Disney’s Frozen (2013)

Disney’s Frozen was an international phenomenon. Frozen’ s songs were written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The score was primarily composed by film-composer Christophe Beck (who recently it has become known had contributed music to 1993’s Earthworm Jim). For two of the choral features from the score, Beck collaborated with Saami composer Frode Fjellheim. Vuelie is an adaptation of Fjellheim’s 2002 work “Eatnemen Vuelie.” The beautiful treble choir Cantus sings the track at the beginning of the movie.

Medley from The Legend of Zelda Series (1986)

The Legend of Zelda is another one of Nintendo’s most treasured franchises. Created by videogame visionary Shigeru Miyamoto this action-adventure game puts the players in control of a silent protagonist, Link, thought as the literal link between the player and the action, and set him on a quest to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil warlock Ganon. This medley features three distinct themes from throughout the series’ history. The fanfare from 1991’s A Link to the Past opens the arrangement followed by a mysterious rendition of the ocarina songs from Ocarina of Time. It concludes with the series’ most recognizable main theme.