Dating musical instruments
Metal trumpets were made as early as 1500 BC, as both bronze and silver trumpets were unearthed in King Tut’s tomb.
Other ancient trumpets have been excavated in Asia, South America, and Scandinavia.
In one form or another bugles have been around for centuries.
By the end of the 9th century they had evolved from animal horns to metal shapes called war horns, which were used by the military for signaling. With the advent of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, it wasn’t long before posts put together corps to participate and compete in local parades.
This list is not correct for Conn saxophones (see Conn Woodwind Serial Numbers) or Conn bugles (see Pan American Brass Serial Numbers).
Kanstul bugles have been used outside of drum corps by video game composer Kenji Ito and jazz legend Clare Fischer. So far, these dates are the earliest for the Aurignacian and predate equivalent sites from Italy, France, England and other regions.