As you move to the beat of the drum section, you want to be as comfortable as possible. Marching brass is specially designed to move with you as you play with your fellow bandmates. It is also designed to project more loudly than its orchestral counterparts so you can be heard above the crowd. There is a wide range of available options depending on what your choice instrument is.
Tuba players can enjoy a host of options depending on your skill level. If you’re just joining band, the Amati ABB 233 is designed with the student in mind and is easy to play, while models like the Jupiter 380 is fully convertible making it perfect for intermediate musicians who play both in a marching band and in a seated orchestra. If you’re a truly advanced player, the deluxe Adams MTB1 uses innovative materials to make this large instrument super lightweight and easily carried while projecting really well. Whatever your skill level, you can find a marching tuba to suit your needs.
Sousaphone musicians can also enjoy a similar selection of instruments depending on their skill level. These instruments were made for marching bands so if you’re looking to join, starting out with a fiberglass option like the Jupiter 596L is ideal because of its affordability and ease of use. If you’ve advanced in your practice, the Amati ASH 260 features additional support to ensure your comfort if you’re playing often. Pros will enjoy options like the Conn 20K Series touts being a ‘workhorse’ so long practices and shows are no problem. Extras like the offset short action valves and rugged body ensure your performance is comfortable and precise.
There are also marching brass options for mellophones, French horns, trumpets and trombones. These instruments are smaller in size than those noted above so their marching brass distinction comes from their ability to project instead of their comfortable design. Picking up a powerful option of these smaller horns is a great way to ensure you’re heard in your band arrangement.
Whatever your instrument of choice, marching brass is designed to keep you ready for practice and long performances. As soon as you get the corresponding moves down, you’ll step in time and sound great with one of these brass models.