Trumpet and saxophone always stand out. So if you want to be heard, if you want to be noticed, think about taking up one of these. They’re featured in symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles and big bands, and the brass bands you see at high school and college football and basketball games. The sax has an especially rich history in jazz, with players from Charlie Parker and John Coltrane to Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz becoming household names.
From The Beatles to Motown
Remember the famous Beatles tune “Penny Lane”? The memorable solo in that song played on a special “piccolo” trumpet, a little smaller and higher-pitched than a normal one. Trumpeters Wynton Marsalis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Chet Baker, and Lee Morgan are some of the greats who have made jazz so popular. Meanwhile, singers from Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand have made compelling use of trumpet in many of their arrangements.
Meet the rest of the brass family …
The trumpet is one of four main members of the brass family. The others are the French horn, the trombone, and the tuba. If you loved the sound of Tower of Power, Chicago, or Earth, Wind & Fire, their brass sections are probably why. Many people like the French horn for its “smoky” sound, a little lower than the trumpet. On both instruments, the musician presses valves that change the flow of air inside the instrument to make different notes. Beginners should know the French horn is considered a bit harder to play in tune than trumpet, but thousands of students have taken up the challenge and been glad they did.