The History of the Oboe

author/source: Laura McCue & Filmed by Sean McGuire

Sean is a freshman at the University of Connecticut, and Laura McCue is a freshman at UMass Lowell. They are both from Pembroke and have been besties since high school.

Oboe facts are from


The oboe and its double reed ancestors are likely one of the oldest instruments.  Similar double-reed instruments appear in artwork and are referenced in literature from India, Mongolia, China, and Japan as well as the Arabs and Greeks.  From there, its influence spread westward into Europe probably by means of the Silk Road and Medieval troubadours during the time of the Crusades. 


Laura McCue and Sean McGuire