Nice choice. The trombone uses a slide to alter pitches and is the only instrument in the brass family to do so!

Interesting trombone facts
  • The word 'trombone' is derived from the Italian word 'tromba' which means 'trumpet', and 'one' which means 'big'. Together they formed the word 'trombone' which means 'big trumpet'.

  • The oldest surviving trombone was made in 1551. Very few early trombone mouthpieces survived to today.

  • Trombones are versatile instruments and are commonly found in jazz bands, brass bands, and orchestras. 

  • German trombones from the late 19th and the early 20th centuries often carried a traditional mark of a pair of snakes dancing across the bell bow. 

  • There are different types of trombones including the bass trombone, the tenor trombone, the contrabass trombone, the soprano trombone, and the alto trombone.

  • When the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons speaks, her voice is the sound of a trombone.

  • The cartoon characters Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) and Peter Griffin (Family Guy) both play the trombone.


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