Brass section

The brass section of the orchestra, concert band, and jazz ensemble consist of brass instruments, and is one of the main sections in all three ensembles. The British-style brass band contains only brass and percussion instruments.

They contain instruments given Hornbostel-Sachs classification 423 (brass instruments).


The brass instruments commonly found in the orchestra include:

  • French horns
  • Trumpets
  • Tenor trombones
  • Bass trombone
  • Tuba

    Concert band

    The brass section of the concert band is generally larger than the brass section of the orchestra.

    The brass instruments commonly found in the concert band include:

  • Trumpets and/or cornets
  • French horns
  • Tenor trombones
  • Bass trombone(s)
  • Euphoniums and/or baritone horns
  • Tubas

    The brass instruments that are sometimes, but very rarely, used in the concert band:
  • Flugelhorns
  • Tenor (alto) Horns
  • Wagner tubas

    Brass band

  • one soprano cornet
  • ten cornets
  • one flugelhorn
  • three tenor (alto) horns
  • two baritone horns
  • two tenor trombones
  • one bass trombone
  • two euphoniums
  • two E tubas
  • two B tubas

    Jazz ensemble

    The brass section of jazz ensembles usually include:

  • Four trumpets
  • Four trombones