Brass

Trumpet

Known for everything from playing taps to leading the high energy of a ska band, the trumpet is the most popular brass instrument. Also well known for being used in marching bands, drum corps, jazz ensembles and jazz soloists such are Miles Davis. The trumpet is very versatile in terms of music genres and commonly found as additions to rock or pop bands.

The trumpet utilizes three valves to assist with controlling pitch. As with all brass instruments, the embouchure is essential to play proper, consistent pitches and staying in key on the trumpet. Our instructors will take much time and care to ensure you develop a good embouchure while taking trumpet lessons.

Whether you want to improve you seat position in the school band, join a jazz ensemble or get involved with a ska/rock/pop band our brass instructors will guide you in the right direction.

French Horn

The French horn has the widest tonal range of all brass instruments. Its extremely rich, soft timbre gives it a special quality somewhere between brass and woodwinds, enabling it to blend well with the sound of many other instruments. The horn is very similar to the trumpet in that sound is produced through the vibration of the lips.

Trombone

The infamous trombone, known for its long slide to change pitch is a marching band favorite. Not to mention many early television and film studios used the effects of the trombone’s slide to create sounds to add context to either the comedy sketches or depth to solemn moments. The trombone is still a popular brass instrument to play today and can be found featured in marching bands and big band jazz ensembles.

Our brass instructors will focus on providing a great understanding of rhythm and pitch. Brass instruments in particular require development of great pitch as the pitches come largely from your embouchure or the way your lips, mouth and tongue make contact with the mouth piece. Since trombones use a slide, even more attention to detail on pitch is necessary.

Baritone Horn

The baritone horn, or sometimes just called baritone, is a low-pitched brass instrument in the saxhorn family. It is a piston-valve brass instrument with a bore that is mostly conical (like the higher pitched flugelhorn and alto (tenor) horn) but it has a narrower bore than the similarly pitched euphonium. It uses a wide-rimmed cup mouthpiece like that of its peers, the trombone and euphonium. Like the trombone and the euphonium, the baritone horn can be considered either a transposing or non-transposing instrument. The baritone, like the trombone and euphonium, is a nine-foot brass tube. Valves are most often piston-style. It is predominately of conical bore, like the euphonium, but has a narrower bore than the euphonium. The smaller bore renders its attack more distinct than the rounder attack of the euphonium, and also provides it with a brighter sound than the dark-sounding euphonium.

Tuba

This is the lowest-pitched musical instrument in the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by lip vibration, or a buzz, into a large mouthpiece. It first appeared in the mid-19th century, making it one of the newer instruments in the modern orchestra and concert band. In America, a person who plays the tuba is known as a tubist or tubist. In the United Kingdom, a person who plays the tuba in an orchestra is known simply as a tuba player; in a brass band or military band, they are known as bass players.

Sousaphone

 The sousaphone Is a brass instrument in the same family as the more widely known tuba. Created around 1893 by J.W. Pepper at the direction of American bandleader John Philip Sousa (after whom the instrument was then named), it was designed to be easier to play than the concert tuba while standing or marching, as well as to carry the sound of the instrument above the heads of the band. Like the tuba, sound is produced by moving air past the lips, causing them to vibrate or “buzz” into a large cupped mouthpiece. Unlike the tuba, the instrument is bent in a circle to fit around the body of the musician; it ends in a large, flaring bell that is pointed forward, projecting the sound ahead of the player. Because of the ease of carrying and the direction of sound, it is widely employed in marching bands, as well as various other musical genres. Sousaphones were originally made out of brass but in the mid-20th century started to be made from lighter materials like fiberglass; today both types are in wide use.


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