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The trumpet is the musical instrument with the highest register in the brass family. Trumpets are among the oldest musical instruments, dating back to at least 1500 BCE. They are constructed of brass tubing bent twice into an oblong shape, and are played by blowing air through closed lips, producing a "buzzing" sound which starts a standing wave vibration in the air column inside the trumpet. The predecessors to trumpets did not have valves, but modern trumpets generally have either three piston valves or three rotary valves. Each valve increases the length of tubing when engaged, thereby lowering the pitch.

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Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 1. Sri Yukestawar Giri (Guru) 2. Aleister Crowley (Dabbler in Sex, Drugs and Magic) 3. Mae West (Actress) 4. Lenny Bruce (Comic) 5. Karlheinz Stockhausen (Composer) 6. W.C.(William Claude) Fields (Actor/Comic) 7. Carl Gustav Jung (Psychologist) 8. Edgar Allen Poe (Writer) 9. Fred Astaire (Actor) 10. Richard Merkin (Artist) 11. Das Varga Girl (by Artist Alberto Vargas) 12. * Leo Gorcey (Actor) 13. Huntz Hall (Actor with Leo Gorcey, one of The Bowery Boys) 14. Simon Rodia (Creator of Watts Towers) 15. Bob Dylan (Musician) 16. Aubrey Beardsley (Illustrator) 17. Sir Robert Peel 18. Aldous Huxley (Writer) 19. Dylan Thomas (Poet) 20. Terry Southern (Writer) 21. Dion (di Mucci) (Singer) 22. Toni Curtis (Actor) 23. Wallace Berman (Actor) 24. Tommy Handley (Comic) 25. Marilyn Monroe (Actress) 26. William Burroughs (Writer) 27. Sri Mahavatara Babaji (Guru) 28. Stan Laurel (Comic) 29. Richard Lindner (Writer) 30. Oliver Hardy (Comic) 31. Karl Marx (Philosopher, Socialist) 32. H.G.(Herbert George) Wells (Writer) 33. Sri Paramahansa Yoganandu (Guru) 34. Anonymous (Wax hairdressers' dummy) 53. T.E.(Thomas Edward) Lawrence (Soldier, Lawrence of Arabia) 52. Lewis Carroll (Writer) 51. Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (Guru) 50. Albert Stubbins (Soccer Player) 67. Marlene Dietrich (Actress) 49. H.C.(Horace Clifford) Westermann (Sculptor) 48. George Bernhard Shaw (Writer) 47. Issy Bonn (Comic) 46. Stephen Crane (Writer) 45. Johnny Weismuller (Swimmer and Actor) 44. Dr. David Livingstone (Missionary & Explorer) 43. Larry Bell (Artist) 42. Tyrone Power (Actor) 41. Oscar Wilde (Writer) 40. Tom Mix (Actor) 39. Marlon Brando (Actor) 38. The Petty Girl (by Artist George Petty) 37. Max Miller (Comic) 36. Anonymous (Wax hairdressers dummy) 35. Stuart Sutcliff (Artist, former Beatle) 55. The Petty Girl (by Artist George Petty) 54. Sonny Listen (Boxer) 56. Wax Model of George Harrison 57. Wax Model of John Lennon 59. Wax Model of Ringo Starr 60. Wax Model of Paul McCartney 70. Diana Dors (Actress) 69. Legionnaire from the Order of the Buffalos 68. ** Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi (Indian Leader) 71. Shirley Temple (Child Actress) 72. Cloth Grandmother Figure of Jann Haworth 73. Cloth Figure of Shirley Temple (Child Actress) by Jann Haworth 78. Statue from John Lennon's House 84. Japanese Stone Figure 83. Velvet Snake 86. Garden Gnome 85. Stone Figure of Snow White 87. Tuba 80. Four-Armed Indian Doll 81. Drum-Skin, Designed by Joe Ephgrave) 79. Trophy 75. Television Set 76. Stone Figure of Girl 74. Mexican Candlestick 77. Stone Figure 82. Hookah (Water tobacco pipe) 61. Albert Einstein (Physicist) 62. John Lennon (Holding a French Horn) 63. Ringo Starr (Holding a Trumpet) 64. Paul McCartney (Holding a Cor Anglais) 65. George Harrison (Holding a Flute) 66. Bobby Breen (Singer) 7. Carl Gustav Jung (Psychologist) 58. Shirley Temple (Child Actress) Arranged Flowers Bass Guitar The Beatles The French Horn The Trumpet The Flute The Cor Anglais


The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band already had a cover designed by a Dutch group called The Fool ( they later painted the psychedelic mural on the facade of the Beatles' Apple Boutique in London's Baker Street ) but gallery dealer, Robert Fraser, suggested to Paul McCartney that they use a fine artist to do the cover instead. McCartney rather liked the idea so noted British "pop" artist Peter Blake was asked to design it.

According to Blake, the original concept was to create a scene that showed the Sgt. Pepper band performing in a park; this evolved into its final form, which shows The Beatles, as the Sgt. Pepper band, surrounded by a large group of their heroes, rendered as lifesized cut-out figures.
Most of the suggestions for names to be included came from McCartney, Lennon and Harrison, with additional suggestions from Blake and Fraser. Ringo demurred saying, "Whatever the others say is fine by me."

The collage, which depicted more than 70 famous people, including writers, musicians, film stars and (at Harrison's request) a number of Indian gurus, was assembled by Blake and his wife Jann Haworth during the last two weeks of March 1967 at the London studio of photographer Michael Cooper, who took the cover shots on 30 March 1967 in a three-hour evening session.