THE BRASS FAMILY of instruments work together in Band to perform melodies and harmonies with the Woodwinds and Percussion. Brass instruments create sound by buzzing your lips with fast air, and resting a tube of metal on that buzz. To play brass, you need to have lips that fully cover your teeth and the ability to blow air through tightly closed lips and make a buzzing sound. To play trombone, you need long arms as well!
Brass Instruments You Can Start Playing
In this video, Mr. Vowles introduces the trumpet.
In this video, Mr. Vowles introduces the double horn.
In this video, Mr. Chester introduces the trombone. When you have some experience, you might be able to play the Bass trombone too... but that might take a few years of arm-growing-and-lengthening!
In this video, Mr. Vowles introduces the baritone/euphonium.
Brass is learning to play a trumpet, (double) horn, trombone, baritone, or eventually a tuba.
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 Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone), visit the Woodwinds 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! )