The trumpet may only have three valves, but you can actually play 45 distinct notes by manipulating those valves.
Modern trumpets are made from brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc, but the earliest trumpets were made out of many different materials, including conch shells and wood.
A trumpet may seem short and compact when compared to larger brass instruments, such as the trombone, but this small instrument contains roughly 6 1/2 feet of tubing.
Miles Davis began studying the trumpet at age 12.
The trumpet mouthpiece is generally a shallow cupped shape with formerly rather pronounced but recently more rounded corners surrounding the bore or throat.
A musician can change the sound he plays by changing the position of his lips on the mouthpiece or pushing down one or more or the valves.
In 1796 the composer Franz Joseph Haydn wrote a famous trumpet concerto for the keyed trumpet.
The 16th century saw increasing use of the trumpet in a variety of more musical situations in addition to court ceremony and military communication.
During the time that Bach lived trumpets were 7 or 8 feet long and were bent round to make it easier to hold.
Around the beginning of the nineteenth century, the first valved trumpets D,G, and E-flat were created.
In 1801, Windinger of Vienna put five rotary key on the first trumpet.
It is believed that the trumpet was used as a signaling device in Ancient Egypt, Greece and the Near East.