• Brass
     horn  French horn: This instrument was once carried on horseback during fox hunts.  It is thought to be the most difficult brass instrument to play.  The left hand plays the valves and the right hand is inserted into the bell.  Its tone blends equally well with woodwind and brass instruments.   
     trombone  Trombone:  This instrument can slide from one note to another.  It is played in the bass clef.  Unlike the other brass instruments, it has no valves.     
     trumpet  Trumpet:  This is the most popular of all the brass instruments, and one of the oldest.  It can play very high notes.  It can change its sound by inserting a mute into the bell.  Long ago kings and queens would announce their arrival with trumpets playing a fanfare.
     tuba  Tuba: This is the lowest sounding brass instrument.  It is also the largest member of the brass family.  The tuba uses valves and its cup-shaped mouthpiece to change pitches.  It sits in the back of the orchestra.  A cousin of the tuba is the sousaphone, which is a tuba with a different shape.  The sousaphone is used for parades and was invented by John Philip Sousa.    



     Demo Videos:
    Explore these sites to learn more about instruments in the brass family.

     Click quizlet to learn some vocabulary related to brass instruments. You can practice in flashcard mode (viewing both sides at once or one at a time) or in game mode. When you're confident, use test mode. Set up the test by unchecking the "written" box, then click "reconfigure." Begin the test, then show me your results. You can take the quizlet as many times as you want within the class period.
    When you finish your quizlet, go to our google classroom and work on the brass questionnaire. This is set up like a quiz but you can look up any answer that you do not remember from our class presentation on the brass family. When you complete show me your score for recording. This questionnaire can only be taken once. 
    Just for fun...
    This is a video showing how a trumpet is made: 
    This video shows a brass quintet: Brass quintet
Last Modified on April 24, 2018