Why Play the Trombone?

For some beginning band students, it’s hard to choose what musical instrument to play. Each band instrument has something intriguing to offer, whether it is the shape of the instrument itself, where that particular instrument section sits in the band, the sound that is produced when the musical instrument is played, what it is made of, and much more. But there are many great reasons to play trombone in school 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 and soulful.

 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.

 Trombones are considered a “low brass” instrument, and low brass instruments are one of the most important groups in the band!

Typically, there aren’t as many trombone players in the band as there are flute, clarinet and trumpet. Since there are fewer students performing on it, there is less competition for chair placement, entry into honor bands, scholarship opportunities, etc. Good trombone players are considered very valuable assets by band directors since there are so few of them.

 You can hear trombones in all kinds of ensembles – bands, symphony orchestras, jazz groups, brass quintets and of course, as a solo instrument as well. It is used in all types of music including classical, marches, R&B, rock, and more.

♦ Trombone is a “flashy” instrument, with its long, expanding slide and big bell. It’s one of the first instruments to come to mind when thinking about parades and marching bands.

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