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What instruments make up the brass section of an orcastra?


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March 05, 2011 9:38PM

Usually, 4 Horns/French Horns, 3 Trumpets in C, 3 Trombones (3rd plays bass trombone and can double on the Euphonium if a piece calls for it) and 1 Tuba.

However, some pieces sometimes call for 8 Horns/French Horns (and then the 5th through 8th double on Wagner Tubas, again if the piece calls for it), sometimes 4-8 Trumpets, some playing Cornets, Piccolo Trumpets, Fluglehorns or the Bass Trumpet, once again, if the piece says to. Sometimes your will see 6 Trombones, 2 to each of the 3 parts, but no matter what, the very last trombone, the one closest to the Tuba will always play the Euphonium when directed to in a piece. Once in a while there can be 2 Tubas which is common but you will usually find only 1 Tuba in an Orcastra. I really hope this answered your question well enough.