Posted by Brandon Ostrom on April 25, 2002 at 15:59:26:
In Reply to: Treble Clef Tuba? posted by Drew on April 25, 2002 at 12:45:15:
The origin of treble clef parts for many low brass intruments initiated in the place where brass bands saw their first real popularity:Britain.
Around the time of the industrial revolution, many factories starting organizing their own brass bands to keep their works from fighting/drinking/starting general unrest. They in turn held various competitions and had a great deal of fun. The treble clef part of this story, and the answer to your question, all parts for these bands were written in one clef, i.e. the treble clef. This was to allow for a person playing one intrument, to switch over to another without the difficulties of having to learn a new clef. This allowed for greater flexibility as far a number of player on any given instrument, allow a band to come to a proper balance no matter how many players they had.Fin.