brass instrument

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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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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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, latimes.com, "Karina Canellakis, back in L.A. with a hire-wire act," 24 Apr. 2018 And outside, protesters let their brass instruments do the talking. Christina Capatides, CBS News, ""We're not gonna take it": Twisted Sister hit becomes unlikely anthem of teachers' movement," 4 Apr. 2018 In and among the many strings Sunday could be spotted plenty of pianists and vocalists as well as woodwind and brass instruments of every type. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Hopefuls flock to Cleveland by the hundreds for audition day at Cleveland Institute of Music," 1 Mar. 2018 In its first movement, the low brass instruments covered other sections. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Philip Glass Is Celebrated, but Not With His Best," 28 Feb. 2018 The lobby has an art installation of brass instruments in honor of the city’s jazz heritage. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "New hotels: Gleaming properties from Washington, D.C. to California," 16 Feb. 2018 Local culture is tastefully celebrated throughout, from snare drums used as coffee tables in the ground floor parlor to the second line brass instruments hanging above beds in each guest room. Lindsey Tramuta, New York Times, "A Boutique Hotel in New Orleans’s Garden District," 1 Jan. 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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