Meet the Brass

Trumpet Personality Trait: "confident"

The trumpet is the highest sounding instrument in the brass family. Sound is produced on the trumpet by blowing through a small mouthpiece. The trumpet often has the melody, so the band relies on trumpet players to get the job done! Natural born leaders are a good choice for this instrument.

The French Horn is a member of the brass family. Like the trumpet, the sound of the French Horn is produced by blowing into a small mouthpiece. The French Horn has the largest range (the most number of notes) of the brass instruments. It can play very low and very high. It has both a uniquely warm and beautiful sound as well as an ability to be exceptionally strong and powerful. Because of the acoustical nature of the French Horn, one can play many different notes in the same position (fingering). Because of this special quality, students with highly developed musical ears find the French Horn very easy to master. If you have experience in music, a great “ear” or simply an uncanny ability to match pitch, French Horn may be the perfect instrument for you!

Private Instruction: Because there are a limited number of instruments available, students enrolled with a school-owned instrument are highly encouraged to participate in our outstanding private lesson program.
Note: Students who participate in private lessons experience less frustration and statistically are more likely to continue their music education into high school.
Horn Personality Trait: "academic"
French Horn is a school-owned instrument. CCISD provides French Horns for students at a cost of $100 maintenance fee for an entire school year. This fee covers general maintenance and yearly up keep, and is collected at the beginning of the school year.
Trombone Personality Trait: "analytical"

The trombone is a member of the brass family. Blowing into a large mouthpiece produces sound on the trombone; therefore, it is a low brass instrument, producing deep, rich and often extremely powerful tones. The trombone is unique in that rather than valves like the other brass instruments, the trombone changes notes by using a slide. Trombone players rely on their memory and listening skills to hear if they are “in tune,” with the slide in the perfect position (the slide is not marked or notched). Therefore, students with outstanding “musical ears” thrive on the trombone!

The euphonium (you-PHONE-nee-yum), sometimes known as the baritone, is a member of the brass family. Blowing into a large mouthpiece produces the sound; therefore it is a low brass instrument, producing deep, rich and often extremely powerful tones. The sound is similar to that of a trombone, but it uses valves (like trumpet) instead of a slide (like trombone).

Private Instruction: Because there are a limited number of instruments available, students enrolled with a school-owned instrument are highly encouraged to participate in our outstanding private lesson program.
Note: Students who participate in private lessons experience less frustration and statistically are more likely to continue their music education into high school.
Euphonium Personality Trait: "artistic"
Euphonium is a school-owned instrument. CCISD provides Euphoniums for students at a cost of $100 maintenance fee for an entire school year. This fee covers general maintenance and yearly up keep, and is collected at the beginning of the school year.
Tuba Personality Trait: "unique"
Tuba is a school-owned instrument. CCISD provides Tubas for students at a cost of $100 maintenance fee for an entire school year. This fee covers general maintenance and yearly up keep, and is collected at the beginning of the school year.

The tuba is the most important instrument in the band. Being the lowest of all the wind instrument, it provides the foundation for the entire band sound. While many believe the tuba is the largest instrument in the band and would be hard to physically manage, the tubas we use for beginners are ¾ size and easy to handle.

Private Instruction: Because there are a limited number of instruments available, students enrolled with a school-owned instrument are highly encouraged to participate in our outstanding private lesson program.
Note: Students who participate in private lessons experience less frustration and statistically are more likely to continue their music education into high school.