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Thinking of starting a brass band? You'll want to know all of the best brass instruments. This list of brass instruments includes horns, trumpets, bugles, cornet, flugelhorn, the trombone, tuba, and more. Any well-known musical instrument in the brass family is included, along with photos when available. Many of the world's most important genres like jazz and orchestra wouldn't be possible without brass instruments. The sounds that emanate from these instruments are some of the most soothing, relaxing (and also fun) sounds that you can imagine.

Would Louis Armstrong have succeeded with the trumpet? Maybe, maybe not. But the fact that he became an internationally renowned musician says something not only about his great talent, but his mastery of brass instruments. The same goes for the iconic Duke Ellington and Fats Domino. Types of brass instruments are some of the most classic instruments like the baritone horn and many others.

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Alto horn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Alto horn Brass instrument The alto horn is a brass instrument pitched in E♭. It has a predominantly conical bore, and normally uses a deep, cornet-like mouthpiece. It is most commonly used in marching bands, brass bands ...more

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Baritone horn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Baritone horn Brass instrument The baritone horn is a low-pitched brass instrument. It is a piston valve brass instrument with a predominantly cylindrical bore like the trumpet and uses a wide-rimmed cup mouthpiece like that ...more

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Buccina is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Buccina Brass instrument A buccina or bucina, anglicized buccin or bucine, is a brass instrument that was used in the ancient Roman army, similar to the Cornu. An aeneator who blew a buccina was called a ...more

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Bugle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Bugle Brass instrument The bugle is one of the simplest brass instruments, having no valves or other pitch-altering devices. All pitch control is done by varying the player's embouchure. Consequently, the bugle is ...more

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Contrabass Bugle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Contrabass Bugle Brass instrument The contrabass bugle, usually shortened to contra, is the lowest-pitched instrument in the drum and bugle corps hornline with some marching bands making the switch to the instrument. It is ...more

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Cornet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Cornet Brass instrument The cornet is a brass instrument very similar to the trumpet, distinguished by its conical bore, compact shape, and mellower tone quality. The most common cornet is a transposing instrument in ...more

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Euphonium is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Euphonium Brass instrument Euphonium is a conical-bore, baritone-voiced brass instrument. The euphonium derives its name from the Greek word euphonos, meaning "well-sounding" or "sweet-voiced". The ...more

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Flugelhorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Flugelhorn Brass instrument The flugelhorn is a brass instrument that resembles a trumpet but has a wider, conical bore. Some sources falsely consider it to be a member of the saxhorn family developed by Adolphe Sax. Other ...more

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Helicon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Helicon Brass instrument The helicon is a brass musical instrument in the tuba family. Most are B♭ basses, but they also commonly exist in E♭, F, and tenor sizes, as well as other types to a lesser extent. The ...more

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Horn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Horn Brass instrument The French horn is a brass instrument made of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. One type of French horn is the double horn in F/B♭, which is what most professional bands and ...more

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Keyed brass instruments is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Keyed brass instruments Brass instrument

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Mellophone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Mellophone Brass instrument The mellophone is a three-valved brass instrument in the key of F that is used in marching bands and drum and bugle corps in place of horns. These instruments are used instead because their ...more

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Natural brass instruments is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Natural brass instruments Brass instrument

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Post horn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Post horn Brass instrument The post horn is a valveless cylindrical brass or copper instrument with cupped mouthpiece, used to signal the arrival or departure of a post rider or mail coach. It was used especially by ...more

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Roman tuba is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Roman tuba Brass instrument The tuba of ancient Rome is a military signal trumpet, quite different from the modern tuba. The tuba was produced around 500 BC. Its shape was straight, in contrast to the military buccina or ...more

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Saxhorn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Saxhorn Brass instrument The saxhorn is a valved brass instrument with a conical bore and deep cup-shaped mouthpiece. The sound has a characteristic mellow quality, and blends well with other brass.

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Saxotromba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Saxotromba Brass instrument The saxotromba is a valved brasswind instrument invented by the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax around 1844. It was designed for the mounted bands of the French military, probably as a ...more

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Saxtuba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Saxtuba Brass instrument The saxtuba is an obsolete valved brasswind instrument conceived by the Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax around 1845. The design of the instrument was inspired by the ancient Roman cornu and ...more

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Slide brass instruments is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Slide brass instruments Brass instrument

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Trombone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Trombone Brass instrument The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player’s vibrating lips cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate. ...more

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Trumpet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Trumpet Wind instrument, Brass instrument, Valved brass instruments A trumpet is a musical instrument. It has the highest register in the brass family. Trumpets are among the oldest musical instruments, dating back to at least 1500 BC. They are played by blowing ...more

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Tuba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Tuba Bass, Brass instrument The tuba is the largest and lowest-pitched instrument in the brass family. Sound is produced by vibrating or "buzzing" the lips into a large cupped mouthpiece. It first appeared in the ...more

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Valved brass instruments is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Valved brass instruments Brass instrument