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- Brook of One Piece is a nearly nine-foot-tall skeleton with an afro, and a multi-instrumentalist (who favors the violin and guitar) who can use his music to create supernatural effects.
- In Seconds, as time is altered and the restaurant becomes situated in an infernal landscape some skeletons provide musical atmosphere.
Katie: How is a skeleton playing a woodwind?
Films — Animation
- Corpse Bride:
- The backstory on Emily the Corpse Bride is given to us by a singing skeleton equipped with one eyeball and one very snazzy bowler hat, accompanied by skeletal instrumentalists.
- Bonejangle's pianist in Corpse Bride is a dead-ringer (cough) for Ray Charles. The choreography also has a couple of Shout Outs to The Skeleton Dance.
- Little Tibia and the Fibias, the skeleton rock band from Mad Monster Party.
- Manolo still plays guitar after he dies and becomes a skeleton in The Book of Life
Films — Live-Action
- The horde of undead animated by the Necronomicon in Army of Darkness includes some skeletal bagpipers and drummers.
- Some of the supplementary art for The Black Parade features skeletons with musical instruments alongside the more famous skeleton drum major.
- Oingo Boingo. The cover art for the album Dead Man's Party has a mariachi band providing music for the party of the title.
- In the music video for "Touch of Grey," The Grateful Dead appear now and again as skeletons playing their instruments.
- An 1985 video versionof Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals suite, narrated by Gary Burghoff, features skeletal dinosaur musicians during the "Fossils" movement (which begins at 18:59).
- The music video for Domino's Sweet Potato Pie features a singing skeleton and his girlfriend.
- Die Kammer's music video Sinister Sister features skeletal versions of the band and some additional skeletal musicians.
- Avenged Sevenfold also has some skeletal musicians in their video to A little piece of heaven
- Two of Grave Digger's covers feature bagpipe-playing skeletons, namely Tunes of War and The clans are still marching. Also, the reaper on Symphony of Death plays the violin.
- Miniature manufacturer Ral Partha had a set called "The Grateful Undead" consisting of three 25 mm skeleton rock musicians modeled after The Grateful Dead psychedelic rock band.
- Musicians in skeleton units in Warhammer. These can range from the logical (gongs, bells, and drums) to the absurd (enormous war horns, being played by creatures with no lungs).
- The Eberron NPC Fiddlebone plays with this trope. The skeleton was intended by its creator to be a musician, but since most skeletons in Dungeons & Dragons are mindless, the creature is an unimpressive performer.
- Grim Fandango has this as Book Ends: The opening titles play over a still shot of figurines of a skeletal mariachi band, then the final scene has an actual skeleton mariachi band playing in the background.
- Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge includes a sequence where Guybrush dreams his parents turn into skeletons and give him a message via a song and dance number.
- The Sanbone Trio from Gitaroo Man, a trio of robotic skeletons who play themselves like xylophones. They're considered That One Level by most players.
- One random event in King of Dragon Pass involves a man with a troupe of skeletal musicians offering to play a concert on your tula. If there's a Humaktinote on your clan ring, they will not be pleased; if you allow the concert, your Humakti will tell you "Don't talk to me unless you're here to tell me I can kill them all."
- The Saturn game Mr. Bones is about a skeleton who plays guitar to make an army of evil skeletons Heel–Face Turn.
- The demo Bones on the BBC Micro.
- Skeletons playing instruments are very common in Dia De Los Muertos artwork.
- Mexican cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada depicted Dem Bones engaged in many mundane human activities (for satirical purposes), including playing the guitar.
- Arnold Bocklin's Self Portrait with Death, the Fiddler is an example from a non-Mexican artistic tradition (Bocklin was Swiss).
- Older Than Steam: The skeletal bagpiper from this◊ 15th century Totentanz.
- Discussed in Unwinder's Tall Comics. Unwinder discovers that his favorite character from the After Dark book series is not a saxophone-playing skeleton as he previously thought, but instead a shapeshifter who takes the form of a skeleton. He's so disappointed with this twist that he quits reading the series.
- In The Skeleton Dance, a skeleton plays a xylophone made of bones.
- The Columbia Cartoons short Skeleton Frolic (a remake of The Skeleton Dance) features rib-cage xylophones, among other skeletal shenanigans.
- Sartana of the Dead in El Tigre. She has a cartoonishly skeletal appearance and a guitar she can strum to create undead minions.
- This occurs three times in the Cartoon Network Groovies short "El Kabong Rides Again".
- A skeleton plays a guitar at the beginning.
- During the "La Fiesta" sequence two skeletons blow on horns.
- At the very end, one skeleton is playing a guitar and one is blowing on a horn.
- The Bare Boned Band from Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies are a trio of Skeletal Musicians who play bone-themed instruments.
- In Adventure Time, Marceline animates skeletons to serve as accompaniment for a performance.
- Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King: The band in the monster bar that Scooby and Shaggy stumble into while searching for the Goblin King's castle are skeletons.