10 Best Brass Instruments

The Top Ten


same as the baritone horn. I do know because I play the baritone/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.

By horn do you mean french horn?
If so, I just compared the two, and the french horn sounds a lot prettier. I paid attention to the tone and the feel to the instrument, and the french horn just had it at that. I am a trumpet player, yet the french horn will always bring something to the band that the Euphonium can't. It doesn't have a wide range, which is one of the many reasons it could never be top of brass. Any instrument at the top needs to have a range and can sound most like anything, and this instrument doesn't have that.


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

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

French Horn

Best brass instrument ever. So mellow, the biggest/widest range in any brass instrument, you can actually MUTE the instrument with your hand almost immediately, and is just the coolest looking in my opinion. Although this beauty had to be balanced with a con; it is the hardest from all the brass instruments, according to wide acclaims, because of its very small partials. Like, the amount of air you need to play a note is very specific. If you go past or under you screw up (I play both this and the violin... the two hardest instruments in the world (violin is harder/more important though)).

Recently, I switched to french horn from trumpet in school band. I was really good at trumpet but my heart just wasn't at it and it wasn't really my gig. When I tried for french horn, my heart just knew it was right. French horn just produces a mellow, yet prideful sound that I love. Nothing beats 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!

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.


Hands down the best instrument out there, can play just as fast and with more pizazz than all the other instruments combined

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

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.

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


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

Best marching instrument

The best

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.

It's not the best. To loud, not enough range, can't play softly, all the players are cocky. It's nice in jazz. I guess it can be good if you get the REALLY right player to get at it. But.. doesn't deserve to be in top five.. not even top ten. Maybe 12.

I play the trumpet, and it is AWESOME. It is easy to fix if you mess up playing, and it also plays very fluently. Without the trumpet, the band would sound really awkward without it.

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

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

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!


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!

Comes with the holiness of trumpets, but not the ego

Trumpet rip-off

Baritone Horn

Sorry to burst bubbles, but the baritone (horn) and euphonium are the same thing. And please don't say "YOU DON'T KNOW THAT" I do, hence I play the baritone/euphonium


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.

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!

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

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


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

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.

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

The Contenders

Tube Trumpet

Really fun instrement at least id say it is.


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.

When played well it is the best sounding instrument by far


it's cool


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!

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 😂😂


What is a fiscon

Good question.


This is a type of saxophone...

Its cool but still I love the tenor horn


Most under estimated instrument on the world.

An interesting and very capable instrument.



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

What is that


It is a great

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

Piccolo Trumpet

All the art of a trumpet, played classically higher!

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

Alto Horn
Bass Trumpet

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

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