Musical Instruments of a Brass & Reed Band (Concert Band, Wind Band)

 

The number and type of Musical Instruments for a Concert Band or Brass & Reed Band is by no means standardised; composers will frequently add or omit parts.  Some instruments and parts are less common but still often used; due to the fact that some bands are missing these instruments, important lines for these instruments are often cued into other parts.  Below is a list of the typical Musical Instruments found in a Brass & Reed Band.  Many parts will have more than one player, particularly for the Woodwind Section.

Woodwinds

Piccollo

1st Flute

2nd Flute

 

Oboe

Cor Anglais (English Horn)

Bassoon

 

Eb Clarinet

Solo Bb Clarinet

1st Bb Clarinet

2nd Bb Clarinet

3rd Bb Clarinet

Alto Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

 

Soprano Saxophone

1st Alto Saxophone

2nd Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Percussion

Non-pitched: (possibilies)

Drum Kit

Bass Drum

Snare Drum

Cymbals

Triangle

Tambourine

Wood Block

Bongos

Claves

Gong

Tam-tam

 

Pitched: (possibilities)

Timpani

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Marimba

Vibraphone

Chimes

Brasswinds

 

1st Bb Trumpet

2nd Bb Trumpet

3rd Bb Trumpet

 

1st Bb Cornet

2nd Bb Cornet

3rd Bb Cornet

 

Flugel Horn

 

1st French Horn

2nd French Horn

3rd French Horn

4th French Horn

 

1st Tenor Trombone

2nd Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone

 

Euphonium

 

Tubas (Eb, Bb)

Strings

String Bass

Although quiet rare, one may find a piece arranged for band with parts for Keyboards and Strings.   In these cases the music is usually arranged for a larger band in mind though quite often these parts will be cued to other instruments.