The flute is part of the woodwind family. It is the highest pitched of all the wind instruments in the band. It uses many keys that are played with both hands to change notes. The flute is unique in the fact that sound is produced by blowing air over the top of the open hole on the head joint.
The clarinet is part of the woodwind family. Pitched lower than the flute, the clarinet is known for it's very warm tonal qualities. This instrument, much like the flute, uses many keys that are played with both hands to change notes. Sound is produced by blowing into a mouthpiece that causes the wooden reed that is attached to vibrate.
NOTE: If you are wanting to play the saxophone, you must play clarinet for one year and then you may switch over.
The trumpet is part of the brass family. They have three valves that are used to change notes. The trumpet is the highest pitched brass instrument and is known for it's bright and brilliant tonal qualities. The trumpet uses a small mouthpiece and sound is produced by buzzing your lips together inside the mouthpiece.
The trombone is part of the low brass family. Trombone is very unique among the other band instruments as it is the only one that uses a slide that you move back and forth to change notes. This allows you play passages that no other band instrument is capable of! Trombones use a bigger mouthpiece than trumpets, but sound is still produced by buzzing your lips together inside the mouthpiece.
The baritone (also called euphonium) is part of the low brass family along with the trombone. Similar to the trumpet, baritones usually have three valves that are used to change notes. Baritones use a mouthpiece very similar in size to the trombone and sound is produced by buzzing your lips together inside the mouthpiece.
NOTE: If you would like to play the tuba later on, you will want to start with the baritone!
Percussion is the term used for a wide variety of fun and exciting instruments. If you choose percussion, you will need to have your own snare drum and bell set. These are usually packaged together. As a percussionist you will learn how play the snare drum, bass drum, bells, crash cymbals and many more! Mr. Binder's primary instrument is percussion.
NOTE: Percussion is always a very popular choice and we will only have so many slots, so please contact Mr. Binder about setting up a time for screening prior to committing to percussion and acquiring an instrument.