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march. It is more probable that the apparent neglect proceeded from another cause. Once upon a time, the trombone was "hedged" with a sort of divinity, being confined to the use of church and king. But it fell into disuse during the eighteenth century, and
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SERPENT (C. 1780).
Burney tells us that for the Handel commemoration of 1784, the only performers on the trombone to be found in England, were in the King's Military Band. No doubt, the adoption of the instrument by military bands was the first step to its revival in this country.2
' It may be remarked here, that it is the opinion of two well-known authorities (the Rev. F. W. Galpin and Mr. George Case) that since its introduction into the military band, trom­bone playing has become coarse. Mr. Galpin thinks the per-
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