Woodwinds

  • THE WOODWIND FAMILY of musical instruments work together in Band to play melodies and harmonies with the Brass and Percussion. The sound woodwinds create is caused by your breath and mouth making a reed vibrate (or, in the case of the flute, a whole column of air vibrate!). To play woodwinds, you usually need to have most or all of your fingers in use, and the ability to blow air and be able to control your arms and hands doing multiple actions at the same time.

In this video, Mr. Chester introduces the flute. When you have played for a year or two, you can add the Piccolo (a very small flute that can level small buildings).

In this video, Mr. Vowles introduces the oboe. If your fingers, arms, and hands are all big enough, you can eventually transfer to Bassoon, another double-reed instrument.

This video by Mr. Hiebert introduces the clarinet. When you can play the clarinet pretty well, you can also transfer to the Bass Clarinet!

This video introduces the saxophone. Mr. Hiebert is playing the biggest saxophone you can transfer to as you learn the instrument, the Baritone Saxophone. We start on Alto Saxophone, and when you can control it a bit you can add the Tenor Saxophone or Baritone Saxophone.

  • Woodwinds include learning to play a flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, or eventually a piccolo, bassoon, tenor saxophone, or baritone saxophone. 

     If you would like to play in Jazz Band on Drum Set, Guitar, Bass, or Piano, we can direct you to some good teachers at NTHS and in the area so that you can audition for the separate group when you are ready. We suggest picking out another instrument to have fun with in Cadet Band if you play guitar or bass. You can never play too many instuments!

    • To learn more about the overall 5th grade Cadet Band program, visit the Grade 5 Band page
    • To learn about Percussion (Snare drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Timpani, Triangle, Piano, etc.), visit the Percussion Page
    • To learn about Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone), visit the Brass Page
    • To sign up for band, see student testimonials, or look at other choices, visit the Instruments Page

     

    ( Read through and heard and seen all of this and still want more? You can search the web for all sorts of great instrument performances - try "Concert Band" or "Jazz Band" or the name of the instrument you think you might like. And for a bonus of good music, funny music, and strange music try Vowles' & Chester's YouTube Gallery of Instrumental Winning! )