Ask Mr. Donn
What was Roman music like?
The Romans did not invent much that was original with music. But they adopted just about all the Greek culture including Greek music, as well as music from other areas of the Roman Empire. To name a few, they played drums of many sizes and sounds, cymbals, bells, horns, flutes, and lyres. Tuba players, trumpeters, and pipers were common. Music was used at funerals, festivals, dinner parties, the games, and in the military. Music contests were popular. (The Romans loved contests.)