What is a brass musical instrument?

downshire brass cropBrass musical instruments include bugles, cornets, trumpets, trombones, tubas, euphoniums, flugelhorns, tenor and baritone horns, french horns etc.

In this short video, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales introduce us to some brass musical instrument: the trumpet, trombone, tuba and french horn.

What is Brass? Brass is a kind of metal (you can find out more here) and it’s great for making some kinds of musical instruments, especially all the ones we now call “brass” even when they are not made of brass metal!

In fact brass instruments are a modern development of early musical instruments made from wood or animal horns. Some animal horn instruments are still used.
Rams horn shofar Viking hornHere’s an old viking horn and a traditional horn “shofar” used in the Jewish religion.

The brass section of a band is still often called the “horn” section, and the instruments are called “horns” whether they are trumpets, trombones, tubas, french horns, tenor or baritone horns, flugelhorns, etc.

tromba_trombone_red2 You might be surprised to know that the instruments we use at North Tyneside Brass in Schools are mostly plastic with some brass fittings. But they are real musical instruments with a great sound and ideal for beginners.

How do Brass Musical Instruments work?

Learn more on BBC Teach

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