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Want to be in the big parade?  Grab a trombone!

Trombone

Trombone is the flashiest instrument in the band, with its long expanding slide and bright-brass bell.  It's the instrument we often picture when thinking of marching bands and parades. 

Students playing trombones

The trombone has an open, resonant tone that can blend well with other instruments or carry a soulful melody.  It has the broadest range of any orchestral instrument and is used in all types of music from powerful classical choruses and chorales to marches, R&B, and rock.

To make the trombone tone, the player makes a buzzing sound by blowing air through closed lips.  The mouthpiece amplifies the sound and it travels through the trombone's tubing and out its bell.  The trombonist moves the slide in and out to make the different notes; increasing the length the sound must travel makes the note lower.

Although many trombone players are boys, girls also often choose it.  It's not a difficult instrument to play.

 Here's an example of trombone music:



Here are some more trombone performances and some trombone tips and tricks.

Why Play Trombone?

Girl playing trombone

Trombone is a popular instrument in the band:

  • Trombones add the big full sound in the brass section that makes a marching band command attention.
  • Trombone music can be very exciting or very mellow and smooth.
  • It's not a difficult instrument to learn.  Once you make your first sound, you simply move the slide in and out to change the note.
  • Trombonists can form groups with other trombonists or other brass players to play some fun ensemble music.

Have some questions about playing trombone?  Ask our trombone experts here.