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 be where that particular instrument section sits in the band, the shape of the instrument itself, the sound that is produced when the musical instrument is played, what it is made of, and much more. So why pay the trombone? There are many great reasons to play trombone in school band:

♦ Trombones set themselves apart from all other brass instruments in that they feature a long, distinct slide component, while all the other brass instruments (trumpet, french horn, baritone/euphonium and tuba) have valves for making the notes.

♦ Since the slide is obvious to spot, it’s an easy way to visually see a trombone in a line-up of different brass instruments. So, if you want to be noticed in the band, play the trombone.

♦ Trombone is probably considered 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.

♦ Trombones add a big full sound to the brass section of any ensemble. It’s an instrument that commands attention.

♦ Trombone music can be very loud, exciting, and brassy or very mellow, smooth and tranquil. If you want an instrument that adapts to lots of different situations, the trombone might be for you.

♦ A trombone is a medium-sized brass instrument, but it is somewhat simple to transport. It’s not all that heavy, and the long cylindrical case makes it easy to identify.

♦ It’s not a difficult instrument to learn. While it helps if you have a good “ear” when playing the trombone, once you make your first sound, the slide moving up and down is what changes the tone/note.