Choosing A Brass Instrument
The trumpet is the highest sounding instrument in the brass family. Trumpet players often get to play fun music play a very important function in Jazz music. It tends to be a competitive instrument because of how many trumpet players there are.
The trumpet tends to be one of those instruments that can be difficult for students with large lips (like Mr. Voght...). Many beginning trumpet players discover that they prefer the Baritone because of the bigger mouthpiece which makes it easier to play.
The Baritone, sometimes called the Euphonium, is probably the easiest brass instrument to begin to play. Mr. Voght loves playing the baritone because of the beautiful low sound, and the music for the baritone is challenging and fun. They usually don't get the melody very much, but when they do it is awesome!
We ALWAYS need good baritone players because there are so few! There is great potential to earn serious college scholarships as a baritone player since baritone players tend to be so rare. So if you're interested, choose the baritone!
The Trombone is one of Mr. Voght's all-time favorite instruments. It really is one of the funnest instruments to play. With the slide that pulls out it proves to be a fun challenge for beginning students.
The trombone is one of the key instruments in a Jazz band, and are very important to the sound of a regular concert band. We ALWAYS need trombone players! There are many opportunities to play later in life as a trombone player, including earning college scholarships.
If the student is serious about music and desires to buy a "step-up" instrument, meaning a better one than a beginner instrument, trombones are the cheapest instrument. Plus they are way fun to play!
Tine Thing Helseth and an all-female orchestra at a conference in Norway, playing "Libertango," by Astor Piazzolla
Mnozil Brass, playing a silly arrangement of
Rossini's "William Tell Overture"
Wynton Marsalis and friends, playing their arrangement of "When the Saints Go Marching In"
David Childs, playing an arrangement of
"The Flight of the Bumble Bee"
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Kim Holly Thorpe and Wire Brass, playing an arrangement of "Gypsy Airs," by Pablo Sarasate
Adam Frey and the IEI Festival Band, playing a Del Staigers arrangement of "The Carnival of Venice"
Ian Bousfield during a rehearsal with the YouTube Symphony, playing "Ride of the Valkyries"
by Richard Wagner
Wycliffe Gordon, playing an improvised arrangement of "Fantasy" by Malcolm Arnold
Wycliffe Gordon and friends, playing "C Jam Blues," by Duke Ellington