10 Best Brass Instruments

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1 Trombone

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.

The trombone is an awesome instrument I like it because it has slide positions instead of buttons like the trumpet or tuba. I play the trombone in my school for band and there are only eight trombone players out of about 100. Except a lot more people wanted the trombone that that. The trombone was my first choice this was the only brass instrument I could play besides the tuba. 👍😀 go trombone really fun instrument. At first it was a little tricky but once you get the hang of it it is easy. I have been playing for about four months and I have already learned the national anthem the dearth Vader theme song the fight song happy birthday and more I have learned in class. Once you get the hang of it your going to want to learn a lot of songs.Try the trombone out if you ever get a chance to.

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2 French Horn

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!

I have played about 6 instruments including piano, guitar, ukulele, saxophone, viola and the French horn. The French horn is my most recent instrument, but my favourite. It has an amazing sound and I am addicted to playing it. I can't stop getting it out and playing it. It is my favourite instrument!

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.

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3 Tuba

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 play the toba and to my opinion it is the head line of low brass

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4 Trumpet

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

Because the trumpet has played more rolls in history than any of the other instruments who has ever heard of a sousaphone announcing the royal family 😂

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5 Euphonium

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.

Euphonium is horrible why is it number 1?

Because it is a beautiful sound ling instrument and is not horrible you most likely don't know what it is but I do see why it is number one trumpets are also too high for me I like the tuba and they are closely related - lbelle0527

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6 Cornet

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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7 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

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8 Bass 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

9 Bugle
10 Tube Trumpet

The Contenders

11 Baritone 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.

12 Piccolo Trumpet

All the art of a trumpet, played classically higher!

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13 Tromboon
14 Flugelhorn

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.

15 Mellophone

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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16 Airhorn

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

Not even brass, let alone an instrument... - Somedude8

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17 Fiscon V 1 Comment
18 Tenor Horn V 2 Comments
19 Saxhorn V 1 Comment
20 Tubax

Its cool but still I love the tenor horn

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