Introducing the Trumpet

We’re working on recording our own introduction to the Trumpet, but in the meantime, here is a good one from the Internet

The Trumpet is probably the best known brass instrument and is very widely used in all forms (genres) of music, from orchestras, jazz bands, concert bands, pop music to film music.

It is one of the higher pitched brass instruments, although the Piccolo Trumpet and Soprano Cornet are higher. The high pitch, the shallow, cup-shaped mouthpiece, the narrow, cylindrical tubing and forward pointing bell give the Trumpet it’s characteristic “fanfare” sound that carries above the rest of the band.

The Trumpet is similar to the Cornet and Flugelhorn, but has a livelier, more brash sound compared to their warmer, more mellow tone. For a discussion of the differences, see our introduction to the Bb Cornet.

Listen to the Trumpet sound in the theme tune to Britain’s longest running soap, Coronation Street!

Here is an old recording of possibly the greatest jazz trumpeter ever, Louis Armstrong. Not only was Louis Armstrong a brilliant trumpet player, he was also a great singer and entertainer. The other musicians in his band aren’t bad either – can you name the instruments?

As well as the trumpet, the band featured, from left to right: piano, drum kit, trombone, double bass (the big string instrument), and clarinet. Louis is also joined by another singer.

Last but not least, here is the Dorchester Brass Quintet playing the famous Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) written by English Composer Jeremiah Clarke about 1700. What instruments are playing?

There were 2 Trumpets at the front, French Horn behind on the left, Trombone behind on the right, and Tuba at the back in the middle.

Return to Introducing Brass Musical Instruments