brass instrument


Definition of brass instrument

: any of a group of wind instruments (such as a French horn, trombone, trumpet, or tuba) that is usually characterized by a long cylindrical or conical metal tube commonly curved two or more times and ending in a flared bell, that produces tones by the vibrations of the player's lips against a usually cup-shaped mouthpiece, and that usually has valves or a slide by which the player may produce all the tones within the instrument's range

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Most of the brass instrument guys at the time were the ones who played at funerals! San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia’s top Chicago tribute band, Leonid & Friends, back in the USA," 7 Aug. 2019 The finely focused orchestral playing was an enthralling mix of creamy modern strings with fruit-honeyed winds and piquant brass instruments from Mozart’s time. Los Angeles Times, "Mozart’s Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl takes on special relevance in tragic times," 7 Aug. 2019 In addition to playing the euphonium, a low brass instrument, Kumiko counsels the freshmen and encourages everyone. Charles Solomon,, "Review: ‘Sound! Euphonium the Movie — Our Promise: A Brand New Day’ feels undeveloped," 10 July 2019 Some musicians insert them into the ends of their brass instruments to modify their sound. Karla Cripps, CNN, "Meet the rebel Thai composer taking music to unheard heights," 10 July 2019 Growing up in Anaheim, the Fennell brothers were brass instrument players from boyhood. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two retiring Vista teachers reflect on a lifetime in the arts," 9 June 2019 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap,, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018 This score reminded me a lot of classic Hollywood films from the ‘50s and ‘60s and even some James Bond films with the big brass instruments. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "How 'Ocean's 8' Composer Daniel Pemberton Captured the Series' 'Swagger' While Crafting His Own Sound," 11 June 2018 The strings are seated onstage, while the wind and brass instruments are scattered along the sides and back of the auditorium. Mark Swed,, "Karina Canellakis, back in L.A. with a hire-wire act," 24 Apr. 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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