10 Best Brass Instruments

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1Euphonium

The euphonium is the most mellow sounding brass instrument commonly found in concert and marching bands. Some people would disagree and say the French Horn is has a mellow sound, but that's because they've never heard a professional euphonium player. There are typically two in a concert band, so your section mate can end up being one of your closest friends. Another feature is the fact that they are so versatile. Having piston valves and a range of up to five and a half octaves (if you develop a professional level range), they can play very virtuosically. Trombones and French horns simply lack the potential playing speed of a euphonium because rotary valves and a slide can't move as fast as pistons. A final reason to love the euphonium is for the parts. You can be playing a slow, exposed, sonorous melody, a loud low brass feature, runs with the woodwinds, or a bass part with the tubas.

The Euphonium can seriously be called the unsung and underrated king of the orchestra, which is a shame, because the euphonium has qualities many other instruments can't deliver. From it's 5 or more octaves of range to it's mellow dark sound as well to its versatility, the euphonium is an extremely important and needed instrument in the orchestra. It can play vibrato, it can make both a mellow woodwind and horn like sound and a piercing sound with the trumpets and of course the low brass section thanks to it's large flared bell, you can double the basslines with the tubas and timpanis, play fast and virtuosic thanks to its piston valves, and if you can play very low notes, it's possible that you may even mimic the snare drums. The euphonium is the BEST AND MOST NEEDED INSTRUMENT in the WORLD! Even better than the piano since it doesn't give you all of the abilities that the euphonium can.

The Euphonium is such a lovely instrument. It can make really beautiful music. Plus, the Euphonium is a "jack of all trades" instrument. It can support the tuba with an octave, the sound complements the horn's, the Euphonium can be used with a woodwind line to add strength, it can soften the trombone section, and I have even sometimes seen it share a flute part. The Euphonium is one of the best instruments, if not the best, instrument that I have ever heard. Even better than a horn. And that's saying a lot.

Love the sound, the look, the valves!

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2Tuba

I play tuba, it is superior to all other brass instruments because it provides the foundation for nearly all chords written in music and it also gives the bass line to various pieces plus its huge!

A Tuba is one of those instruments where you don't notice the sound to much when its in a piece of music, but whenever it's not there something definitely sounds missing and weird.

Holds the band together, low dark sound, sounds extremely awesome when you get to blast, the sound it makes is just beautiful unlike really high pitch instruments

I like it because it makes a weird sound

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3French Horn

I LOVE the French horn. I love the rich noise that comes out of the instrument, though it is hard to blow through. I also love it because its such a unique instrument. There are so many different pipes you blow through, but it doesn't take long togged noise out of it! That's why I love the French horn.

I was conned into band in middle school, but by the end of high school I fell in love with the French horn. It makes me feel so cool because it's so complex and I have always been first chair. Its from way back in time, and it's actually sexy and sounds so harmonious. I defiantly recommend it.

I started playing the french horn after I stopped the trumpet. I LOVE the sound it makes and even though it's hard to play I fell in love with it. Definitely recommend it to all ages. Probably the best sounding brass instrument.

I would like to play the French Horn when I go to band

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4Trombone

The trombone gives musicians and composers a lot of freedom. With practice, the instrument is limitless. A trombone can switch tones, ranges, and styles with the greatest of ease. It can have a mellow tone or a more aggressive one. It is the perfect choice for all styles of music. If you can do it on another brass instrument, it's possible on the trombone. And thanks to it's slide, it even goes beyond that.

Trombones I think have the best tone quality, best rang of low notes and high notes and they can do things other instruments can't do due to their slides. Speaking as a trumpet player myself I do have to agree that the trombone is the most superior brass instrument.

The trombone is the core brass sound that occurs in all great band and orchestral compositions. The versatility of the trombone allows a player to focus on either a bright, focused sound to be used in jazz ensembles, or a rich and dark sound to be used in orchestral playing.

Trombone is simply an amazing instrument. Its music can range from a war-time holler to smooth jazz. The slide gives is some abilities no other brass instrument has.

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5Sousaphone

No a sousaphone is pretty much the same as a tuba but it wraps around your body instead of you holding on your shoulder

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6Trumpet

The loudness, the power, the crisp, prideful noise, what's there not to love about a trumpet? - Velilana

Well the trumpets annoy me because in band all of the annoying people play it - lbelle0527

This instrument can play many types of music because of its capability to
Play various pitches. It can be very high in pitch or low in pitch. It makes such amazing sounds. It is also much easier to master a trumpet than most brass instruments.

I had a difficult time choosing between this and Euphonium as I play both. Trumpet always gets the melody part making it fundamental. It's powerful and very popular. I will always love this instrument. - PianoQueen

The people who play the trumpet are almost as loud and obnoxious as their instrument

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7Cornet

Love the sound of a cornet, can give you sweet romantic sounds and then you can jazz it up, helps my 8 year old son plays the cornet.

The warm sounding trumpet... It gives any band that mellow, sweet sounding lead vocals that it requires!

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8Bass Trombone

It has more skill and it sounds awesome

Cannot argue it is a great instrument! I mean, playing low notes makes you cool. Simple as!

What else needs to be said? The best brass instrument (trombone) plus bass

9Baritone Horn

Lovely range in notes, love watching and listening to my 12 year old play his baritone horn.

It has more skill and it sounds awesome. This instrument can play many types of music because of its capability to
Play various pitches. It can be very high in pitch or low in pitch. It makes such amazing sounds.

I'M A 70 YEAR OLD WHO HAS RECENTLY STARTED TO LEARN THE BARITONE HORN WITH A TRAINING BAND. IT IS A LOVELY INSTRUMENT PRODUCING A GREAT RANGE OF BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS. WITH A LOT OF PRACTICE I AM HOPING TO IMPROVE AND GIVE THE INSTRUMENT THE CREDIT IT DESERVES.

10Airhorn

I know why it was voted to this place, its not even an instrument but I don't maybe it is, all well.

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11Tube Trumpet
12Bugle
13Mellophone

Phantom Regiment mello section for the win!

The power of a baritone but has the smoothness of a trumpet

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15Flugelhorn

Have you ever tried a flugelhorn? No? Go try one. The beauty of the sound you can achieve with a flugelhorn is unmatched by any other brass instrument in my opinion.

By far the most civilised of sounds in the brass family - silky smooth and worth a try if you've never played one and like brass.

Flugelhorn has a smooth, flowing song, and it sounds prettier than the trumpet. Sorry, trumpets.

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18Tubax

Its cool but still I love the tenor horn

19Piccolo Trumpet

All the art of a trumpet, played classically higher!

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20Cimbasso

Most under estimated instrument on the world.

An interesting and very capable instrument.

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