There are many instruments that can be played in the band, the most common ones are shown below. If you haven’t got an instrument of your own, don’t worry, we have a wide selection of insturments available for loan to band members.
The trumpet is a brass instrument with three valves used in band. It often plays the melody in our musical pieces. A cornet is a smaller version of a trumpet, often played by younger members.
The Euphonium is a medium sized 3 or 4 valved brass instrument, often playing the bass part in band. It is very similar to the Baritone horn.
The French Horn (or simply Horn) is a brass instrument producuing a mellow sound. It can be a Horn in F or in Bb, or as a double horn which has both ‘sides’. Band also has Eb tenor horns which are similar to the baritone horn, but smaller.
Glockenspiel & Bell Lyre
The Glockenspiel is a percussion instrument made of multiple tuned pieces of metal arranged in a similar fashin to a piano. The Bell Lyre is a marching band version of the glockenspiel.
The marimba is a percussion intrument, similar to the Glockenspiel, but with tuned wooden blocks and metal resonators to produce the sound.
The clarinet is a single reed woodwind instrument, producing a mellow sound.
The trombone is a brass instrument without any valves, the length of the tubing, and thus the notes produced is varied using a slide.
The saxophone is a single reed family of instruments usually made of brass, but classed as woodwind! It comes in sporano, alto, tenor and baritone versions.
Drums & percussion provide the rhythm for the other musicians in band to follow. They keep us all in time with each other. In band we can have a drum kit , individual drums, and a variety of hand-held percussion instruments.