Notes on the Development of Bands in the Royal Navy Part I To the End of the Seventeenth Century

By W. G. Perrin, published January 1923


The earliest musical instrument in established use on board English warships was the trumpet. Rich primary evidence shows that from medieval times to the end of the seventeenth century the trumpet band, known as the ‘noise of trumpets’, performed many duties for their captains. The instruments evolved from straight trumpets to bent instruments but the music they played can only be surmised as none has survived. However, rates of pay for the Master Trumpeter, precursor of the Naval Bandmaster, declined relative to other specialists as the drum became the dominant musical instrument in the Royal Navy during the eighteenth century.

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Filed under: Medieval | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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