Definition of trombone
: a brass instrument consisting of a long cylindrical metal tube with two turns and having a movable slide or valves for varying the tone and a usual range one octave lower than that of the trumpet
trombonistplay \-ˈbō-nist, -ˌbō-\ noun
Recent Examples of trombone from the Web
The group is made up of Elizabeth Howard on trumpet, John Wilds on trumpet, Karl Soukup on trumpet, Barry Toombs on French horn, Eric Starr on trombone and Bryan Smith on tuba.
Music teachers showed children how to properly hold and play a variety of instruments, including a child-sized violin, cello, guitar, ukulele and tambourine and well as a full-size flute, keyboard, trumpet and trombone.
The band includes two vocalists, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and keyboard — the horn section joined eight months ago.
Mele Kavapalu from Madison High School, who became volleyball captain last year and plays trombone in Madison's Symphonic Band.
The mix of lumbering trombones, synth twinkles, and manipulated vocals throughout recall his 2010 dance-prog monument Age of Adz.
A trombone player in guitar-land is kind of a fish out of water, but guess what?
The velvety instrumentation of No. 2, which leaves out violins, trumpets, trombones and percussion, is as notable as the composer’s elegant themes.
The all-star trio known as BassDrumBone (Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums; Ray Anderson, trombone), plays Seattle’s Royal Room Monday, June 19, a night that also brings saxophone elder Pharaoh Sanders to Jazz Alley.
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Origin and Etymology of trombone
Italian, augmentative of tromba trumpet, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trumba, trumpa trumpet
First Known Use: circa 1724See Words from the same year
TROMBONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trombone for English Language Learners
: a large brass musical instrument that you blow into and that has a tube that you slide in and out to play different notes
TROMBONE Defined for Kids
Definition of trombone for Students
: a brass musical instrument made of a long bent tube that has a wide opening at one end and one section that slides in and out to make different tones
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