The trombone is a brass instrument, capable of producing sound that is rich and brilliant, lower than the French horn but not as low as the sound produced by a tuba. What makes the trombone unique from other brasses is its method of changing pitch. A trombone has no keys or valves; instead, trombones change pitch through use of a slide. Because the slide on a trombone is adjustable, the performer can slowly move between two different notes, hitting all the pitches in between creating an effect called a glissando. In the swing era of the mid-1920s the trombone began to be used as a solo instrument. The trombone can be found in symphony orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, military bands, brass bands, and brass choirs. Hector Berlioz said: “The trombone is the true head of the family of wind instruments… it has all the serious and powerful tones of sublime musical poetry, from religious, calm and imposing accents to savage…outburst.”


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