Trombone History: Distin Family Brass Quintet

Added the below image and entry the the 19th century timeline (first half).

c. 1834—England: A print depicting the Distin Family Brass Quintet, an ensemble known for adopting Adolph Sax’s valve instruments, includes a member holding a slide trombone, indicating the instrument was probably used at least during the early days of the ensemble (see above image; public domain) (Baines, Brass plate XI). According to Dudgeon, “The early quintet performances of the Distin family used various combinations of keyed bugle, cornopean, slide trumpet, natural horns, and trombone; all made by the firm of Pace. By 1844, the Distins met Adolph Sax and made the switch to valved saxhorns” (Dudgeon, Keyed Bugle 28).


  1. Hi
    I am a descendant of Ann Matilda Loder Ridgway Distin who played the piano for the Distin Family Brass Quintet. I see on your Website you have an old print of them I wonder if you know where I can acquire a copy of this.

    With Thanks

    Janette C. Ridgway

    • Janette,
      If you look here, c. 1834, you can see another one. They are both scans from books (cited in the caption), and I am not sure where you can buy a copy aside from scanning one yourself or using my scans (which would be fine with me). They are obviously public domain, so there are no copyright issues. One is a lithograph and the other is probably an etching, so they would both have multiple copies floating around. I wish I had more info for you, but I hope that helps a little.

  2. Janette Ridgway (ne Morrison) cannot be a descendant of Ann mathilda Loder/Ridgway; it was her husband Jack Ridgway who was the descendant.

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