In the UK, a brass band is a traditional form of band consisting of a standard number of brass instruments plus percussion:
9 cornets in Bb, including 4 solo cornets, 1 repriano cornet, 2 2nd cornets, 2 3rd cornets
1 soprano cornet in Eb (a smaller and higher pitched type of cornet)
1 flugelhorn in Bb, 3 tenor horns in Eb, 2 baritone horns in Bb, 2 euphoniums in Bb
2 tenor trombones in Bb (treble clef), 1 bass trombone in C (bass clef)
2 Eb tubas, 2 Bb tubas
1 drum kit and 1 or more other percussionists playing a variety of instruments e.g. bass drum, timpani, glockenspiel, triangle etc.
A Youth Brass Band consists of the same mix of instruments but can often have more players than this, as the photos below show.
What sort of music do brass bands play?
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For more information on brass bands see Brass band on Wikipedia
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