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Playing in a marching band calls for a special breed of brass instrument. Not only does this brass need to deliver excellent sound, it also needs to project far enough to reach the highest stands of a stadium. Moreover, it's essential that marching band brass be durable enough to take frequent handling and the demands of road trips in stride, all while being easy to carry for long marches. Although the criteria that they have to live up to are steep, you'll find that marching band instruments from some of the most renowned names in brass are more than up to the challenge. That includes makers like Yamaha, King, Jupiter and Kanstul, all of whom have ample design expertise and long-term experience with brass instruments. Any horn from these master builders is one that you can be proud to put on your shoulder.
Shape is a key element for brass instruments, and there are several of note in this selection. For example, French horn players will appreciate a mellophone or band-style French horn, which use flugelhorn-like shapes with forward-facing bells. This not only creates a congruent look throughout the band, it also has the important function of directing the sound forward of the player, so your parts can be heard alongside the similarly-facing trumpets and baritones.
Other instruments are likewise adapted for band, such as the marching trombone, or "flugelbone," which uses trumpet-like fingerings but the tube lengths and mouthpiece of a trombone to better fit within tight ranks. Even the classic tuba is available in convertible models that switch from front action for concerts to top action for marching. As well, if you play the sousaphone, you can choose between all-brass, fiberglass or hybrid construction in order to make the weight of the band's largest instrument a bit more manageable.
No matter which instrument you play, being part of a marching band means that there's no substitute for brass built especially for that purpose. When you need something that can meet the tough demands of band use, any choice you make from this catalog of marching brass instruments is sure to be ideal.