The trumpet is the highest-pitched member of the brass family, and its ancestors date back to at least 1500 B.C. Early trumpets didn't have valves, and were made of materials like seashells, ox horns, and elephant tusks. Today's trumpets are made of brass, and are operated using three valves.
With its bright tone, the trumpet is an important part of many styles of music, including classical, jazz, blues, soul, funk, salsa, and mariachi. While trumpets are known for their ability to play loud, brilliant notes (like bugle calls), they can also play soft, pretty melodies.
One of the biggest challenges for young trumpet players is learning how to play their notes accurately. It takes time to develop a strong embouchure (mouth position) so that the right notes come out every time. You can build your embouchure by practicing daily, both with your trumpet and with your mouthpiece alone.