The trumpet is one of the most easily recognizable and featured instruments in the band. It has a strong, bright sound that is perfect for playing the melody in band music.


Trumpets are used in all kinds of music including classical, marching, pep band, and popular music. Like all brass instruments, the sound of the trumpet is produced by the player making a buzzing sound by blowing air through closed lips. This sound is amplified by the mouthpiece and vibrates through the tubing of the instrument and out the bell. There are three valves that direct the sound through different parts of the tubing. That, along with a change of air speed, combines to produce the different pitches. Trumpet is a perfect choice for boys and girls alike. It is not difficult to learn to play, but does require practice to learn to produce a consistent sound.

Why Choose the Trumpet?

Trumpet is without a doubt one of the most popular instruments in the band. Here are a few reasons why it is a great choice:

  • Due to the bright, piercing sound of the trumpet, it often plays the lead, especially in high energy music.
  • The trumpet isn’t a big instrument and is easily carried.
  • There are many beautiful pieces written for trumpet. 
  • There is no style of music that doesn’t use trumpets – it is a very versatile instrument. 
  • It is fun to play together in groups, like duets and ensembles and it sounds great with other trumpets or other brass instruments. 
  • Trumpets are very impressive looking, especially when the section stands to play the melody.

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