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Brass Instrument - Instruments in This Family

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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.
  • 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 essentially the drum corps' counterpart to the marching band's sousaphone: the lowest-pitched member of the hornline, and a replacement for the concert tuba on the marching field. It is different from the other members of the marching band and drum corps hornlines in that it rests on the shoulder of the player, rather than being held in front of the body. Because this orientation can obstruct standard headgear, it is not uncommon for contrabass players to wear a beret instead of whatever else the rest of... more on Wikipedia
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  • 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 B♭ though there is also a soprano cornet in E♭. Both are unrelated to the renaissance and early baroque cornett.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Euphonium
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    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 euphonium is a valved instrument; nearly all current models are piston valved, though rotary valved models do exist. The euphonium is a non-transposing instrument known for its distinctive tone color, wide range, variety of character and agility. A person who plays the euphonium is sometimes called a euphoniumist, euphophonist, or a euphonist, while British players often colloquially refer to themselves as euphists, or euphologists. Similarly, the instrument itself is often referred to as eupho or euph.... more on Wikipedia
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  • 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 historians assert that it derives from the valve bugle designed by Michael Saurle in Munich in 1832, which predates Adolphe Sax's work.... more on Wikipedia
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