10 Best Brass Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Euphonium

Playing Euphonium has just been a great experience.
(Coming from an ex-high school band students)

It has a beautiful sound I like to say is a dark honey. It can do so many things, it really all depends on what style, tone and articulation you use. It really does an amazing job with a melody, chordal or bass part

The best brass instrument ever. Period.

I played a little euphonium in middle school and the other girl that played euphonium is one of my good friends. I am wanting to buy my own horn after the school let me rent one in middle school. The most fun experience with any musical instrument I have ever played. and I play a lot of them.

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2 Tuba

An alto sax player plays it in band but she's the only good alto sax player.

tuba best

One of the most stereotyped and underrated instruments. They carry the band and can do so much more than they get credit for! Carol Jantsch's Reflections on the Mississippi is a perfect example of this

Okay so, I play clarinet (best instrument ever! ) But I do think that tuba is the best brass instrument. What do we all release to? The tuba. What are we supposed to listen for when playing fermatas? The tuba! Tubas are like the concrete for the whole band. We rely on you, tubas! Without you in the band, we’re basically nothing.

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3 French Horn

The French Horn's original purpose (according to the internet) is to blend the woodwinds and the conical brass together. It does that incredibly well when played, although there is a wide range of sounds it can make, what with stopping and hand movements. It is at it's best when there is a quartet, because the sound is absolutely immaculate. The PLU band director once said that the French Horn is the hero's instrument. I agree with that. It's bell is shaped differently so it has a darker sound, one more mellow, and not so piercing like the trumpet or the trombone. Just imagine Star Wars, and maybe listen to the soundtrack. Some of the Horn parts (because John Williams is a genius) just work so well with the Horn.

My friend wanted to play the French horn but they did not have it so she right now is playing the trumpet. The French horn is a lovely instrument and I love it

You will never find a wider range of notes and sounds on a brass instrument. Plus, what other instrument do you get to properly play by literally jamming your hand into the bell (though not exactly jamming)?

French horn is the most beautiful instrument. It has a wonder full history. I have only been playing it for a few months, but the music coming out of it is beautiful

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4 Trombone

I play trombone, and it is not only a very pretty instrument in terms of sound, but it looks great and is without a doubt the most fun instrument in marching band to play

Best instrument ever

I play it and it is the best make it number one, please

One reason: Glissandos

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5 Sousaphone

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

Lol it's a tuba

The best

Did you mean saxophone

6 Trumpet Trumpet A trumpet is a blown musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family.

Through middle school and high school I played the trumpet, It was hard and frustrating at times, and I remember having to walk to school with it, which I hated, but I loved it and I never gave up!

I played the trumpet as a fifth grader, all though I had to walk to school with my trumpet, I still loved it and didn't care how heavy r annoying it was caring it, and it was very hard to get the high notes right but I kept trying!

The best

They have a great sound also they are good for jazz

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7 Cornet

Comes with the holiness of trumpets, but not the ego

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!

Trumpet rip-off

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8 Baritone Horn

I’ve been playing this for 13 years, I highly recommend this instrument this should be in the top 5

The baritone horn is the best


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

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9 Bass Trombone

i agree

Good quality

Bass Trombone has a strong and unique low tone, but when played higher it tends to sound like a euphonium

It has more skill and it sounds awesome

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10 Airhorn

The way sound emanates, almost flows out, like wine from the mouth held between the plentiful breasts and the hands of most beauteous virgin of Elysium, fills us with a sense of tranquility like none, leaving us with only and only one question: when can we hear it again

I actually looked this up...

A beautiful instrument great for bursting eardrums (but seriously why is this higher than some real instruments)

" give airhorns a chance "

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The Contenders

11 Flugelhorn

It is just the best

When played well it is the best sounding instrument by far

Pretty good, I like it.

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.

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12 Tube Trumpet

Really fun instrement at least id say it is.

13 Bugle

it's cool

14 Mellophone

Best instrument in the whole band. Without them the band would most definitely fall apart. People may not know about us now but after seeing and drum corps show they'll go home wondering "what was that sexy sound in the background"

Phantom Regiment mello section for the win!

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

Lovely name and lovely sound part of brass family, love it!

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15 Tenor Horn

Has a great sound, but, in my opinion, can't compete with the French Horn in an orchestral setting. I voted for it because it is the main instrument I play and I couldn't bare for it to be beaten by the Tube Trumpet.

Young boy I went to learn to play and loved the sound of the Tenor Horn If I could learn to read music I would play this instrument

The best instrument

I mean I play it, I feel I have to 😂😂

16 Fiscon

Good question.

What is a fiscon

17 Tubax

This is a type of saxophone...

Its cool but still I love the tenor horn

18 Cimbasso

Most under estimated instrument on the world.

An interesting and very capable instrument.


19 Tromboon

What is that

20 Violin Violin The violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

This is not BRASS - lbelle0527

21 Piccolo Trumpet

All the art of a trumpet, played classically higher!

Amazing instrument! Plays high notes with confidence. Very expensive😞

22 Saxhorn

It is a great

23 Alto Horn
24 Bass Trumpet

It's a lower pitch of trumpet, in a trombone scale

25 King 3B


26 Triangle

A triangle is not made out of brass...

A lovely rich high pitched tink to it, the triange sets my eyes and ears at ease. to listen to it is the highest pleasure an ear can apprehend. if you don't like the triange, you obviously haven't heard a professional triangle. when played with a few other triangles, it sounds like a giant tingle. but they have to tink at the same time or else it sounds bad sorry

27 Alto Trombone
28 English Horn


One of two instruments in F (the other is #3(my favorite) french horn) ever.

29 Jazzophone

Awesome! Sounds like a sax but has 2 bells and 1 bell uses a mute. It is really cool!

30 Ophicleide

1 of the 2 valved brass instruments (the other being the serpent). It is very unique and has a mellow tone.

31 Contrabass Trumpet
32 Soprano Trombone

The Trombone, but an octave higher. Enough said.

33 Piccolo Tuba
34 Quinticlave

It’s an alto ophicleide, and it’s awesome

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