10 Best Brass Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Euphonium

Euph is the best! After watching an anime, Hibike! Euphonium, I immediately wanted to learn the euphonium. I'm still finding a nice model to buy, though!

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.

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

Euph is the best! I'm planning on starting this winter break :3

2 Tuba

The tuba has an amazing deep and warm tone when played well and carries the band.

Brass is supperer and tuba supperer

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

tuba best

3 French Horn

I play French Horn and I love the beautiful sound that it makes. Even though it is extremely hard to get it to sound the way you want it to sound it all pays off in the end.

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

The French horn is byfar the most beautiful, rich brass you will encounter. When I first played the horn in an instrument tryout at a school, I immediately loved it because of its golden tone. It has a mellow personality that holds the band together. It's so compatible with other instruments that it's a member of the woodwind quintet! Although it has a unique sound, It is hard to play and the tone cracks if you're not careful. If you practice hard and don't give up, you can definitely play beautifully on it. Also, not many people play it, so I find it an honor to be one of the rare few who do. I will say that I like Euphonium as my 2nd favorite brass, but the horn has that bright, magical sound that even Euphonium can't replicate. Euphonium is my 2nd favorite brass, as I already said, but French horn is my favorite instrument of ALL instruments! GO FRENCH HORN!

4 Trombone

I play the trombone and although it may be hard it is very eye catching and like crazy fun to play

Trombone is awesome!

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

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 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

The best

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

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.

9 Bass Trombone


i agree

Good quality

It has more skill and it sounds awesome

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)

Best instrument, with practice can provide a rich high pitch sound. Great in rupturing ears.


The Contenders

11 Tube Trumpet

Really fun instrement at least id say it is.

12 Flugelhorn

It is just the best

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.

When played well it is the best sounding instrument by far

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.

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!

1 Comment
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

A trombone with a bassoon mouthpiece. I'd love to find a VSTi of this instrument.

What is that

20 Saxhorn

It is a great

21 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

22 Piccolo Trumpet

All the art of a trumpet, played classically higher!

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

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 Jazzophone

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

29 English Horn


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

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

35 Saxophone Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.
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Updated 7 Aug 2019

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