History and Information about the Trombone

The earliest trombone, called the sackbutt and similar names in England, seems to have emerged from Belgium in about 1450. Though the earliest examples of this instrument date to a century later direct references to musicians and their instruments, and surviving artwork, both establish the existence of the sackbutt in 1450.

When you take Trombone lessons, you will be able to learn classical repertoire as well as popular genres such as jazz.


When to Start on the Trombone

You can start trombone lessons as young as age 8 or 9, depending on the student’s lung capacity and ability to effectively use the muscles around the mouth to maintain an embouchure. Some younger students start on a different brass instrument, such as the trumpet and then switch to the trombone when they are physically able.


Getting a Trombone

Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a trombone. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when buying or renting a used trombone, it is recommended that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.


Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Trombone

Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.


**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.