Kirkland Lake Brass Band
7 Kirkland Street, Kirkland Lake, Ontario


Instruments of a Brass Band
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band SAXOPHONE-The saxophone or sax is a conical-bored instrument which is a member of the woodwind family. Saxophones are usually made of brass and are played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1841. He wanted to create an instrument that would both be the loudest of the woodwinds and the most versatile of the brass. In our band we have a Soprano Saxophone.
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band CORNET-A musical instument made of brass. The modern cornet resembling a small trumpet with 3 valves, is used above all in brass bands. It is sometimes used in symphony orchestras. It is pitched in Bb and used in solowork The cornet sound is mellower than that of a trumpet. The for-runner of the cornet was the posthorn of the late 1500's to announce the mail wagon. It is pitched in Eb
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band FLUGEL HORN-It is somewhat like a cornet and with a similar compass, but with a slightly larger bell. It is a standard instrument in British brass bands, and is used in Jazz, but rarely found in orchestras.
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band EbHORN-A musical instrument made from metal tubing, with a conical bore, ending in a bell. The narrow end is fitted with a small, funnel-shaped mouthpiece. Like all brass instruments, the horn relies on the player to produce the vibration (by blowing into the mouthpiece) which causes the sound.
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band BARITONE- is considered a small tuba and has the range of the trombone. It has a smaller bore than the euphonium, and tapered similar to a cornet. The Baritone has 3 valves, it's tubing is cylindrical, the mouthpiece semiconical. It sounds lighter and brighter than the euphonium
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band EUPHONIUM-A musical instrument of the tuba family, representing a tenor, related to the flugelhorn, but larger bored, with conical tubing, a deep cup mouthpiece and an upright bell. It has a larger, darker sound compared to the baritone. The 3 to 5 valved instrument is much used in brass bands and occasionally in orchestral music.
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band TROMBONE-The trombone is a member of the trumpet family and was brought from the Orient to Western Europe around 1100. Until about 1700 it was known as the sackbut. It was used in the 17-18th century for church music and for supernatural scenes in opera, and in the 19th century the trombone had to be adapted to fit the big symphony orchestras and brass bands, and therefore lost its distinctive characters. Later, a valve was added to get lower tones easier. Today the trombone is made from brass tubing, mainly cylindrical, which expands to a bell at one end and is fitted with a cup-shaped mouthpiece at the other. A slide is used to vary the length, and therefore the fundamental pitch, of the instrument, which is made in various sizes.
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band TUBA-A musical instrument made from brass tubing, curved elliptically, with usually four valves, a mouthpiece set at right angles, and a wide bell pointing upwards. It is the largest and lowest in pitch of all brass instruments, and succeeded the ophicleide as the bass of the orchestral brass section in the mid-19th century. Tubas are made in various sizes, In our band we have the Ebtuba and theBBbtuba
  Kirkland Lake Brass Band PERCUSSION-A category of musical instruments, essentially idiophones and membranophones, which are played by being struck or shaken. Some produce notes of definite pitch (ie:timpani, xylophone); others do not (ie: cymbals, side drum).

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