bass trombone, bass drum, and hi-hat cymbals
"The social and psychological infringement on the black American has caused them to create a music which is both unique and personal. The minstrel period, an era of musical parody, found many black musicians performing with outward joy and inner sorrow. The composition MINSTREL MAN is a further projection of that feeling. It makes use of Ragtime, March Music, Jazz, Blues, and avant-garde styles." -T.J. Anderson
The piece is written for one instrumentalist only who plays the hi-hat cymbals by the left foot and the bass drum by the right foot.