For many years he played the oboe, though never professionally.
Next to him is a figure playing a soprano or treble shawm, a distant forerunner of the oboe.
He enjoyed playing the saxophone and oboe during high school and now during college.
British Dictionary definitions for oboe
a woodwind instrument of the family that includes the bassoon and cor anglais, consisting of a conical tube fitted with a mouthpiece having a double reed. It has a penetrating nasal tone. Range: about two octaves plus a sixth upwards from B flat below middle C
a person who plays this instrument in an orchestra second oboe
Archaic form hautboy
C18: via Italian oboe, phonetic approximation to French haut bois, literally: high wood (referring to its pitch)