The trombone is one of the most recognizable instruments in the brass family. It is pitched lower than the trumpet, and higher than the tuba. It is a simple, yet unique instrument in that it uses a slide to change from note to note, rather than valves. The trombone has been in existence for centuries under various forms and names, but has remained relatively unchanged for many years. It dates back to the mid 1400’s; exact etymology and meaning of the term “sackbut” is not certain, but is thought to be a derivation of the old French term, sacquer, “to draw out.” The trombone, as it is called today, is simply the Italian tromba (trumpet) with the suffix one, meaning ‘big trumpet’.