Students choosing a brass instrument will become members of Band.
For general questions about the instrumental program, please consult the Islip Elementary Instrument Handbook. See the descriptions and videos below for more information.
Trumpet: The trumpet is the high voice of the brass section. The trumpet player creates the sound by “buzzing” their lips against the mouthpiece.
- Instrument Introductions: Trumpet with Thomas
- Haydn Trumpet Concerto (Tine Thing Helseth)
- Portrait of Louis Armstrong (Wynton Marsallis)
- Carnival of Venice (Wynton Marsallis)
Trombone: The trombone is a unique brass instrument in that it as no valves to change the pitch. Rather, players use a long slide to change the length of the instrument which changes its sound.
- Instrument Introductions: Trombone with Marissa
- Super Mario Trombone Theme
- How It’s Made (Trombone)
- Joe Alessi of New York Philharmonic
Baritone Horn: The Baritone Horn, also known as the Euphonium (which means “well sounding”) plays in the same range as the Trombone but uses valves instead of a slide. Because the instrument plays in the same range as the human voice, it is often called on to play solos.
- Instrument Introductions: Baritone with Luis
- Carnival of Venice (David Childs)
- Gypsy Airs (Kim Holly Thorpe)
French Horn: The Horn, also known as the French Horn, is a very difficult instrument to play in the brass family. It also creates its sound when a player “buzzes” their lips against its very small mouthpiece. Students are encouraged to think very carefully before choosing this instrument as it will require dedication and hard work from its player.
- Instrument Introductions: French Horn with Lauren
- Strauss Horn Concerto
- Mozart Horn Concerto Cadenza (Nury Guarnaschelli)