Enjoy our selection of brass music

Here are some of our favourite videos of bands on the internet, featuring brass instruments.

We’ve selected them to show the range of music (different “genres”) that brass instruments are used in.

And to make it even more interesting we’ve added some quizzes to find out if you were watching closely!

We start with the famous Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band from Yorkshire, and a performance of the William Tell Overture by Rossini. Here the band join forces with local community band Dinnington Colliery Band, conducted by Sue Perkins, first shown on the BBC program “A Band for Britain”:


Q1 Which brass bands were playing together in the video?

Q2 Who was the conductor, and what is she famous for?

Q3 What were they playing and who wrote the music?

Q4 Who was the person that the music is about?

Q5 How many brass instruments were being played?

Q6 What type of brass instruments were playing? (you can see them in the video but if you don’t know what they are called, you can look them up on the internet because all British brass bands have the same types of instruments)

Q7 What other musical instruments were being played?

Check your answers here.

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Next up, George Ezra and his band at Glastonbury, featuring a horn section – you will hear them more than you see them, try and listen out for the distinctive brass sound even when they are not in view!


Q1 How many instruments featured in the horn section?

Q2 What are the instruments called?

Q3 One of the horns is not strictly a brass instrument – which one?

Q4 What other musical instruments are being played?

Check your answers here!

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Next up, here’s a treat for you! Here are the Soul Rebels from New Orleans


Q1 How many musicians are there in the Soul Rebels?

Q2 What instruments are they playing?

Q3 How good are they?

Check your answers here!

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The next video clip shows a very typical marching band from the USA, in this case the US Marine Corps. You can’t miss the Sousaphones at the back of the band, but whatever instruments can you see and hear?

We spotted trombones, clarinets, saxophones, euphoniums, flutes, trumpets, french horns, snare drums, bass drums, cymbals.

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Next up we have famous film music composer John Williams conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the main theme from Star Wars. You won’t have any difficulty seeing and hearing the brass instruments at work here!

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Now for something completely different! The fabulous Mnozil Brass combine mime and music to great comic effect! We’ve set this to start 3 minutes in when the first brass instrument appears but it’s worth watching the whole video from the beginning on YouTube. You will not believe what happens next!

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How about the theme from Coronation Street? What instruments can you hear?

Hopefully you didn’t miss the trumpet playing the main tune? There are other, muted, brass instruments in the background, along with snare drum and double bass (a large stringed instrument) and you should also be able to hear the clarinet playing throughout but clearly heard in the last few seconds.

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Next up, how about some Mozart? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791, was perhaps the greatest composer of music to ever live? He died young, age only 35, but composed more than 800 pieces of music. This is one of the most popular, known as “Rondo alla Turca” which he wrote for piano. Here it has been arranged for a brass instruments and played brilliantly by tenThing Brass Ensemble:

Hopefully, you noticed the 4 trumpet players, 4 trombone players, a French Horn player, and a Tuba player? What did you think about the music? How would you describe it? How did it make you feel?

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We end this selection with another brass band, this time the fabulous Wardle Academy Youth Brass Band, perhaps the best youth brass band in the world – yes they are that good! Here they are playing while marching (not easy to do) at Dobcross in Saddleworth near Oldham, Lancashire, during the annual Whit Friday brass band contests. We will let you enjoy this one without any brain-hurting questions!

What do you mean you can’t see the band? Just listen, watch and wait and be prepared to be amazed and thrilled. There, you see! Makes you want to join in and march along behind them!

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