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The brass family consists of 5 major instruments with many other similar variations on them. The Trumpet/Cornet, the French Horn, the Trombone, the Baritone, and the Tuba. Sound is produced by each instrument in the family by buzzing the lips together into the mouthpiece.

Baritone

The video shows Lauren Walsh 6th Class 2013-2014 interviewed and performing in Senior Orchestra in the programme “Meet The Orchestra” recorded in May 2013 and aired on RTE Junior in September 2013

The baritone is a member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece.

The baritone works in the same manner as a trumpet but it’s twice the length. It plays the exact same notes as a trombone and even uses the same mouthpiece. The biggest difference is that the baritone uses valves rather than a slide to change the length of the air flow.

The baritone is stored in the case in just two pieces. It is played with the right hand on the valves. The left arm usually supports the bottom of the instrument. There are a number of shapes and sizes of baritones. The difference in sizes for baritones is caused by how tightly the the tubing is coiled. Very small “baby” baritones look about half the size of a regular baritone but they are really the same length and the same pitch. The tubing is just coiled tighter.

The baritone is not nearly as popular as other brass and woodwind instruments Less students performing an instrument means that the competition will not be as fierce. Good baritone players are considered very valuable assets by orchestras and bands since there are so few of them.

The baritone has unique uses in various types of groups. We can hear baritones in bands, small ensembles or as a solo instrument. On the professional level, baritones are used heavily in military bands.

St Canice’s baritone players perform in the Junior orchestra and Senior orchestra and may also get together with fellow brass, woodwind or string players to form smaller performing groups.

All instruments have limited availability and will be distributed for hire on a first come first served basis. Baritones are available for hire for two years. Lesson costs depend on the size of the group being taught and can alter annually. Please ask for further details.

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Trombone

The video shows Adam Gordon and Sam O’Connell 4th Class 2013-2014 interviewed and performing in Senior Orchestra in the programme “Meet The Orchestra” recorded in May 2013 and aired on RTE Junior in September 2013

The trombone is a member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece. A unique feature of the trombone is the slide. While other brass instrument change pitches by pressing valves to change the length of the air flow, the trombone player simply moves the slide in and out to the change the length of the instrument.

The trombone is stored in the case in just two pieces. It is played with the bell on the left side of the slide. The slide is held in the right hand and the bell portion is held with the left. Some trombones include an “F” attachment with a trigger or a valve for the left hand. These instruments are not typically for beginners.

Almost all trombones come in just one size. Several have the optional “F” attachment but the instrument plays in the same way as a trombone without an “F” attachment. The “F” trigger just allows a player more alternate slide positions for difficult passages. Other sizes of trombones are strictly for advanced players. They include the bass trombone and the alto trombone.

The trombone is not nearly as popular as other brass or woodwind instruments. Less students performing an instrument means that the competition will not be as fierce. Good trombone players are considered very valuable assets by orchestra and bands since there are so few of them.

The trombone is considered one of the most widely used instruments. We can hear trombones in bands, symphony orchestras, jazz groups, brass quintets and as solo instruments.

St Canice’s trombone players perform in the Junior orchestra and Senior orchestra and may also get together with fellow brass, woodwind or string players to form smaller performing groups.

All instruments have limited availability and will be distributed for hire on a first come first served basis. Tombones are available for hire for two years. Lesson costs depend on the size of the group being taught and can alter annually. Please ask for further details.

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French Horn

The video shows Michael Rafter 5th Class 2013-2014 interviewed and performing in Senior Orchestra in the programme “Meet The Orchestra” recorded in May 2013 and aired on RTE Junior in September 2013

The French horn is a member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece.

The French Horn comes in just two pieces. It is played with the left hand on top of the instrument with the first three fingers resting on the valves. Some French horns also have fourth valve for the thumb. The right hand should rest against the top portion of the bell. As students advance they will learn how to place the right hand inside the bell for a beautiful sound.

French horns are made as “single” horns or “double” horns or sometimes as a rarely seen “triple” horn. The simplest beginning horn is a single horn which can come in two sizes, either a Bb (“B” flat) or an “F” horn. Virtually all advanced students and professional players perform on a double horn.

The French horn is not as popular as other brass or woodwind instruments. Less students performing an instrument means that the competition will not be as fierce. Good French horn players are desperately needed in all beginning and advanced orchestras and bands.

The French horn is popular in bands, symphony orchestras and small instrumental groups. The instrument is also popular among Hollywood composers since they write a lot of movie music for the French horn. It also works very well as a solo instrument.

St Canice’s horn players perform in the Junior orchestra and Senior orchestra and may also get together with fellow brass, woodwind or string players to form smaller performing groups.

All instruments have limited availability and will be distributed for hire on a first come first served basis. French Horns are available for hire for two years. Lesson costs depend on the size of the group being taught and can alter annually. Please ask for further details.

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Trumpet

The video shows David Conway 5th Class 2013-2014 interviewed and performing in Senior Orchestra in the programme “Meet The Orchestra” recorded in May 2013 and aired on RTE Junior in September 2013

The trumpet or cornet is the smallest and highest member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece. The difference between a trumpet and cornet is very minor. They both play the same notes and they sound virtually the same. In appearance, the trumpet looks a bit longer and more slender than a cornet. The real difference has to do with the way the tubing of the instrument flares. A cornet is more cone shaped or conical than a trumpet. For all practical purposes they are the same instrument for beginners. A trumpet comes in just two pieces. It is played with the right hand on top of the instrument with the first three fingers resting on the valves. The left hand holds the instrument with the fingers wrapped around the middle of the valves. Advanced players may have a trumpet and a cornet and several other sizes of trumpets. They may perform on a “C” trumpet, “D” trumpet or even a piccolo trumpet. The most common version is a Bb (“B” flat) trumpet or cornet. All beginning trumpet players should start on a Bb instrument. The trumpet is a very versatile and widely used instrument. Trumpets are always needed in bands, symphony orchestras, jazz groups and small instrumental groups. It is very common for the trumpet to perform a large number of solos and melodic lines in all of these groups. The trumpet also works well as a solo instrument. St Canice’s trumpeters perform in the Junior orchestra, Senior orchestra and Jazz band and may also get together with fellow brass, woodwind or string players to form smaller performing groups. All instruments have limited availability and will be distributed for hire on a first come first served basis. Tumpets are available for hire for two years. Lesson costs depend on the size of the group being taught and can alter annually. Please ask for further details.

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Pocket Trumpet

The pocket trumpet is a compact size B♭ trumpet, with the same playing range as the regular trumpet. The tubing is wound more tightly than that of a standard trumpet in order to reduce its size while retaining the instrument’s range.

A pocket trumpet comes in just two pieces. It is played with the right hand on top of the instrument with the first three fingers resting on the valves. The left hand holds the instrument with the fingers wrapped around the middle of the valves.

The pocket trumpet is a very versatile and widely used instrument. Trumpets are always needed in bands, symphony orchestras, jazz groups and small instrumental groups. It is very common for the trumpet to perform a large number of solos and melodic lines in all of these groups. The trumpet also works well as a solo instrument.

St Canice’s pocket trumpeters perform in the Junior orchestra, Senior orchestra and Jazz band and may also get together with fellow brass, woodwind or string players to form smaller performing groups.

All instruments have limited availability and will be distributed for hire on a first come first served basis. Pocket Trumpets are available for hire for ONE YEAR ONLY. Lesson costs depend on the size of the group being taught and can alter annually. Please ask for further details.

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