Choosing A Woodwind Instrument
So, as a beginning woodwind student you have 2 choices of what you can play for your first year: Flute or Clarinet
Both are REALLY fun to play, but there are some things to keep in mind about each. The following table helps you explore more about each instrument:
Check out the following presentation about choosing a woodwind instrument to play:
The flute is one of the most popular instruments for beginning band students to play. Because of how popular it is, it is also pretty competitive. The flute often plays pretty technically challenging passages of music, which can be very fun if you like a challenge! It is a beautiful instrument that will keep you front and center of the band.
The clarinet is sometimes considered "The Violin of the Band," because the clarinet section often plays passages of music that contain the melody and are VERY important to the sound of a band. We always need as many clarinet players as possible! Mr. Voght started his band experience playing the clarinet and loved it! It is pretty easy to learn to play at first, and becomes more challenging as the student progresses. Play the clarinet and you'll always have cool music to play!
Emmanuel Pahud, playing "Allegro from Sonata in A Minor," by C.P.E. Bach
Pete Lilla, playing "Etude in G Major Op. 15, No. 3" by J. Anderson
Rachel Rodgers, improvising to a play along track of "Anthropology,"
by Charlie Parker
Greg Pattillo, playing an arrangement theme song to the
cartoon show "Inspector Gadget"
Sharon Kam and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the
3rd Movement from Mozart's "Concerto in A"
Julian Bliss, playing an arrangment of "The Flight of the Bumblebee,"
originally by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Martin Fröst and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, playing
"Let's Be Happy," by Giora Feidman
Matthew Griffith and the Yale Symphony Orchestra,
playing Artie Shaw's "Clarinet Concerto"