Musically Miscellany:

Little Known (and maybe rightly so) Musical Facts!


On the Danger of bands, and their natural tendency to make people move in rhythm:

During the Civil War, at the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Union troops were crossing a hastily constructed pontoon bridge over the Rappahannock River, when the Colonel of one of the Regiments ordered his band to strike up a tune.  The band began to play  and before the regiment was half way across the bridge, the men had unconsciously fallen into step.  The bridge began rocking and swaying to the cadenced feet.  The vibrating bridge was in danger of collapse when an alert staff officer spurred his horse through the men shouting "stop that music".  He finally reached the head of the column, stopped the music, and the wavering bridge returned to normal.

On the origins on everyone's favorite instrument, the trombone:

The trombone dates back to the 15th century.  The name "trombone" comes from the Italian word "tromba", which means "trumpet".  Delete the suffix "a", and add the suffix "one" which means "big" in Italian.  The word "trombone" translates to "big trumpet".  The early English word for the trombone was "sackbut" a translation from the Spanish word, "sacabuche", which means "push-pull".


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