Who Invented the Trombone?

By Sohaib Khan ; Updated September 15, 2017

The trombone belongs to the brass family of musical instruments, which includes trumpets, tubas and horns.

History

The trombone was invented in the late 15th century by Flemish instrument makers in Burgundy, a region of modern-day France. It was constructed as an improved version of the slide trumpet.

Types

The types of trombones differ based on construction and sound. The different types are tenor, tenorbass, bass, contrabass, alto, soprano, sopranino and piccolo. These days, the most common trombones are tenor and bass.

Names

The word "trombone" is Italian, meaning "large trumpet." The English name for early trombones was "sackbut." The trombone is called "posaune" in German and "basun" in Swedish.

Strange Fact

In January 1996, a band musician caused a death when he moved the slide of his trombone too vigorously, hitting the trumpeter in front of him in the head.

Fun Fact

The oldest trombone that exists today is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany. It was made by Erasmus Schnitzer in Nuremberg in 1551.

About the Author

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