Date of Award
Professor Jim Smith
The wind instruments--instruments in which the sound results from vibrations of a column of air produced either mechanically or by the human breath--are usually divided into the woodwinds and the brasses. The brasses include the French horn, cornet, trumpet, tuba, and trombone, all of which, except the last, are fixed-tone instruments, producing only one sound at a time and not able to play in perfect tune.
Musical instruments were not "invented." They developed slowly and comparatively late. They developed from stamping feet and slapping hands. A prehistoric forerunner of ancient brass instruments was the hollow stick without a mouthpiece, used to distort the voice in order to frighten away evil spirits.
Mangrum, Mary Beth, "A History of Brass Instruments" (1969). Honors Theses. 487.