Ready to Choose Your Instrument?!Learn More About the Instruments of the Band and Orchestra!
Be Part of the Music is a website with a collection of videos about the instruments of the Band and Orchestra, and why it's so awesome being involved in MUSIC! You can also learn about each instrument below. It is usually best to pick out 3 instruments that you can imagine yourself playing. Sometimes, your music teacher will assign your second or third choice based on how naturally you can play an instrument (if you can't make a sound on flute, but you can make a great sound on the saxophone, we might encourage you to play the saxophone) and instrumentation (Band and Orchestra would be pretty boring if everyone just played one instrument). Ultimately though, the choice is yours since you will be the one practicing your instrument every day. And whatever instrument you choose, you will never regret being a part of the Band or Orchestra.BRASS INSTRUMENTSThe brass instruments include the Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba. Each of the brass instruments is played by buzzing into the mouthpiece.Trumpet - The Trumpet is the smallest and highest of the brass instruments, and usually has the melody in the band.Horn - The Horn has a softer, mellower sound than the trumpet, and has coils of brass tubing. It usually has the supporting melody and harmony in the band.Trombone - The Trombone is larger and deeper sounding than the Trumpet and Horn, and has a slide that you move to play different notes. It usually has the harmony and bass line in the band.Euphonium - The Euphonium sounds a lot like the Trombone, and usually plays the same notes as a Trombone, except it has valves that you press to make a sound, instead of a slide.Tuba - The Tuba looks like a Euphonium, except it is a lot bigger and deeper. It usually plays the bass line notes in the band, and takes a lot of air to play.WOODWIND INSTRUMENTSThe woodwind instruments include the Flute, Saxophone, and Clarinet.WOODWIND QUINTET RECORDING (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn):Flute - The Flute is the highest sounding of the woodwind instruments, and is played by blowing air across the mouthpiece (similar to blowing air across a pop bottle to make sound!).Clarinet - The Clarinet is slightly deeper than the Flute, and is played by blowing air through a reed and mouthpiece.Saxophone - The Saxophone can play high or low, and is the largest of the woodwinds. It is played by blowing air through a reed and mouthpiece.STRING INSTRUMENTSThe string instruments include the Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass. Each instrument is played by drawing a bow across the strings.STRING QUARTET RECORDING:Violin - The Violin is the smallest and highest sounding of the stringed instruments, and usually plays the melody in the Orchestra.Viola - The Viola is slightly larger and deeper sounding than the Violin, and usually plays the supporting melody and harmony in the Orchestra.Cello - The Cello is bigger and deeper sounding than the Violin and Viola. The Cello often switches between melody, harmony, and bass line in the Orchestra, and can play both high and low.String Bass - The String Bass is the largest and deepest sounding instrument in the Orchestra, and usually plays the bass line.