Woodwind Family

Students choosing a woodwind 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.

Flute- The flute is a member of the woodwind family, although it is in fact made of metal. The tone is produced when the player blows across the opening in the headjoint, similar to the way someone blows across the top of a bottle to make a sound.

Clarinet- The clarinet is a woodwind instrument. It makes a sound when the player blows air across the reed, a thin piece of wood which is placed on the mouthpiece.he 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.

Bass Clarinet- The bass clarinet is one of the largest woodwind instruments in the band, and the larger sibling of the clarinet. The tone is produced when the player blows air across the single reed attached to the mouthpiece.

Saxophone- The saxophone is one of the largest woodwind instruments in the band. The tone is produced when the player blows air across the single reed attached to the mouthpiece. The saxophone is equally comfortable in the Concert and Jazz bands.

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