Brass instruments are used in the Western orchestra, wind bands, brass bands and often found in jazz ensembles and backing groups for popular music. They are renowned for the power and volume they can produce.

 

French Horn

The french horn usually plays the middle parts in ensembles.

Interesting fact: the french horn is an Endangered Species instrument, and often receives a warm welcome in orchestras and ensembles because it is lesser-played

Tuba

The tuba has deep, bass-like tone and usually plays the lower parts in ensembles.

Interesting fact: early jazz bands used tubas as a replacement for the stringed bass to avoid exposing the bass to potential damage from bad weather when playing outdoors.

Trombone

The trombone uses a slide to change the pitch of notes and usually plays the middle parts in ensembles.

Interesting fact: some say that the trombone was described by famous composers like Beethoven as the “Voice of God”. This is because the range of the trombone resembles closer to the range of the human voice more than any other instrument.

Trumpet

The trumpet usually plays the upper parts in ensembles.

Interesting fact: they are commonly found in jazz groups and with their wide range can play 45 notes

Euphonium

Euphoniums usually plays the lower parts in ensembles.

Interesting fact: the word euphonium comes from the words euph(ony)and(harmon)ium. Euphony means pleasant sounding to the ear.